Today was a national holiday – well not quite but my birthday and I try to avoid working birthdays so Liz and I took off for a meander through West-Otago. Over towards Heriot we found Cabbage Tree Road which really lives up to its name.
We felt the pull of one tree and had to pull over and peer inside, this is a majestic old tree and by my reckoning is well over a century old.
They are great trees but you want them at least 6 metres away from lawn or paddock as their leaves don’t break down and will foul any mowing equipment including the largest tree mulchers.
There are a number of Cordyline species in New Zealand, but C. australis aka cabbage tree / ti-kouka is the most often seen, often growing wild along country roads. Others include pumilio (many short forms for landscape – some purple forms too which can be see at LAX if you’re travelling), fruticosa (Maori used to coppice these for their very high root sugar content) and kaspar which has very wide leaves. Some forms will withstand -10°C. TERRAIN is a great place see see more on most of them.