Add some tropical flare to your patio containers with this colourful Cordyline. As the leaves mature, they become flushed with chocolate purple and deep red colouring, a true kaleidoscope of colour. The strap-like foliage much wider than is typical, this plant forms an upright stalk of fabulously variegated green leaves striped heavily with cream and white.
This very symmetrical plant supports a crown of shiny, dark green leaves on a thick shaggy trunk that is typically about 20cm in diameter, sometimes wider. The trunk is very low to subterranean in young plants, but lengthens above ground with age. It can grow into very old specimens with 6 - 7 m of trunk; however, the plant is very slow-growing and requires about 50 - 100 years to achieve this height. Trunks can branch multiple times, thus producing multiple heads of leaves.
Ornamental, the very popular exotic Pygmy Date palm is the perfect miniature palm tree. The edible fruits are small - 1cm and resemble tiny, thin-fleshed dates. A slim trunk and a beautiful crown of feathery leaves. Suits the warm temperate, tropical or subtropical garden, Makes an excellent potted palm.
A valuable leguminous tree used for animal foliage, shelter and soil improvement. The high protein content of its foliage is excellent for animal fodder and at the same time improving soil fertility. Used extensively in permaculture as a multipurpose tree. Prefers well drained soil, but generally quiet hardy.
This striking tree exhibits a magnificent display of pendulous racemes of clear yellow blossoms. Fern-like leaves and the tree produces long seed-pods after flowering. Needs very well drained soil, regular moisture and full sunlight.