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Cussonia spicata

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Cabbage Tree (Cussonia spicata) at Roger's Gardens

Cabbage Tree

Cabbage Tree

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Cabbage Tree (Cussonia spicata) at Roger's Gardens

Cabbage Tree foliage

Cabbage Tree foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cabbage Tree (Cussonia spicata) at Roger's Gardens

Cabbage Tree

Cabbage Tree

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Common Cabbage Tree, Spiked Cabbage Tree

Description:

An unusual attractive tree, featuring large, dissected green leaves held in large heads at the end of twisting stems; small greenish-yellow flowers on short spikes in late spring; older plants are very drought tolerant; protect from frost

Ornamental Features

Cabbage Tree has attractive forest green foliage. The lobed compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter. It features subtle spikes of chartreuse flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The furrowed gray bark and tan branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Cabbage Tree is an evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should never be pruned except to remove any dieback, as it tends not to take pruning well. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cabbage Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cabbage Tree will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 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 tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features