Cabbage Palm, Cabbage Tree, Ti Kouka, Torbay Palm, Dracaena Spike 'Charlie Boy'

Cordyline australis

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
Registered or introduced: 2009


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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


Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Martinez, California

Plainfield, Indiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 4, 2015, Justbeginning_N from PEREGIAN SPRINGS
Australia wrote:

I inherited 2 of these plants after taking over an established garden (that comes complimentary with our new house).
It looks very much like the previous owners paid absolutely no attention to these plants, allowing an unknown pest to eat most of the leaves in a haphazard (pest-like) way.
I cut back the most damaged leaves, more severely on one plant than the other (to see which plant prospers the most by doing this), added a small amount of manure and a full layer of mulch to the soil around the plants, then watered them a couple of times after a long dry spell of weather.
Both plants responded almost immediately by sending up from their centres a number of new (delicate shade of purple) leaves.
It looks like a beautiful new beginning for these plants.


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.


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.