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Cordyline australis 'Charlie Boy'

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cordyline (kor-di-LY-nee) (Info)
Species: australis (aw-STRAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Charlie Boy
Additional cultivar information: (PP20139)
Hybridized by Richards; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2009

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral SuburbanNinja80 On Aug 16, 2012, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The Cordyline is a Very Fast growing in Pots. Thats could be a Very Annoying thing about this Plant least to me.

Positive anguscat On Feb 21, 2010, anguscat from Holbeach
United Kingdom wrote:

This is a fantastic plant which changes colour depending on day light intensity, we had it down to -9C in 2008/9, when the temperatures gradually reduced to this through the winter. Although the foliage was a bit damaged it grew away well in spring, forming a nice trunk. All who saw it were envious. It certainly brightens a border and commands attention.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Martinez, California
Plainfield, Indiana

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