English names: Cabbage tree, cabbage palm
Latin name: Cordyline australis
Family: Asparagus - Asparagaceae
Origin: New Zealand
The cabbage tree grows up to 20 metres in height. Its sword-like leaves, which cluster at the top of the shoots, are about 1 metre long. The berries of this plant are the favourite source of food for a number of local bird species. It is characteristic of the landscape of much of New Zealand, where it has found many uses: it provides durable fibre for the production of textiles, baskets, fishing nets, ropes, waterproof coats and sandals.