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Common Cabbage Tree

Cussonia spicata

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Cussonia (kus-SOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

El Sobrante, California

Hayward, California

Mckinleyville, California

Reseda, California

Richmond, California

Santa Barbara, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Upland, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Oct 7, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively common nursery plant here in So Cal, yet it doesn't show up in too many books. It is a strong grower, but has really soft wood, so is prone to blowing over and losing limbs. The growth pattern is sort of like a palm with leaves showing up at the top of the plant, and falling off below. As a seedling and juvenile it is an attractive unusual plant for the garden, basically looking like a stem with a round, pompom-like head of leaves. However, as it ages it becomes less interesting. It does eventually branch, looks a bit more like an 'ordinary' tree. The leaves a deep green and deeply divided. It is an African native.

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