Red Sensation Grass Palm
Cordyline australis 'Red Sensation'
Red Sensation Grass Palm
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Height: 15 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Other Names: Cabbage Palm, Grass Tree, Dracaena Palm
A palm like shrub or small tree with interesting burgundy-purple variegated foliage; will eventually branch out; produces large panicles of sweet smelling white blooms; a wonderful addition to a tropical themed garden
Red Sensation Grass Palm features dainty panicles of fragrant white round flowers with chartreuse eyes along the branches in mid spring. It has attractive purple-variegated burgundy foliage with hints of grayish green. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain burgundy throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Red Sensation Grass Palm is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Red Sensation Grass Palm is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Red Sensation Grass Palm will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Red Sensation Grass Palm makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.