Pink Star New Zealand Flax Cordyline australis Pink Star = 'Tus019' (PBR) (v)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
cabbage palm 'Pink Star'


The Cordyline australis Pink Star, commonly known as Pink Star Cabbage Tree, is a striking plant boasting vibrant foliage that sets it apart in any garden setting. It displays long, sword-shaped leaves that are a distinctive feature of the plant. The leaves exhibit a beautiful array of colors, predominantly a mix of pink and purple tones, with hues that can range from a soft, almost pastel pink to richer, deeper shades of magenta. This gradient of color gives the foliage a variegated look, adding visual interest and a touch of exotic flair. The leaves are arranged in a rosette pattern, radiating outwards from a central point, which creates a symmetrical and neat appearance. This radial growth pattern is both elegant and architectural, contributing to its popularity as an ornamental plant. As the Pink Star Cabbage Tree matures, it develops a woody trunk, which is a characteristic shared by other members of its species. The trunk is typically slender and upright, contributing to the plant's overall graceful stature. The striking contrast between the vibrant pinkish-purple leaves and the more subdued tones of the trunk enhances the visual appeal of the plant. The combination of its unique color palette and striking structural form makes the Pink Star Cabbage Tree a popular choice for adding a touch of drama and color to gardens, patios, and as a focal point in landscape designs. It is equally attractive when planted on its own or used as part of a grouped planting scheme, where its vivid foliage can complement other plants.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pink Star Cabbage Tree, Pink Star Cordyline, Pink Star New Zealand Cabbage Palm

    • Common names

      Cordyline australis Pink Star = 'Tus019' (PBR) (v)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Cordyline australis, commonly known as Cabbage Tree, is not considered highly toxic to humans. In general, it should not cause serious harm if ingested in small quantities. However, as with many plants, some individuals might experience mild stomach upset or an allergic reaction if they consume parts of this plant or come into contact with its sap. It is always advisable to exercise caution and keep all plants out of the reach of young children who might chew on them.

    • To pets

      The Cabbage Tree is also not known to be highly toxic to pets. However, if a pet ingests a large amount of the plant, it might experience symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea due to the general irritant properties of the plant material. As with any non-food item ingested by pets, it is best to prevent them from chewing on the leaves or stems, as this could potentially lead to gastrointestinal upset or blockages, which might require veterinary attention.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      8-10 feet (2.4-3 meters)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Visual Appeal: Adds vibrant color and texture to the landscape with its striking pink leaves.
    • Easy Maintenance: Requires minimal care and is relatively drought-tolerant once established.
    • Versatility: Suitable for planting in containers, as an accent or in mass plantings for impact.
    • Focal Point: Acts as an eye-catching feature in gardens or when used in landscape design.
    • Durability: Resistant to pests and diseases, making it a hardy choice for various environments.
    • Evergreen: Retains its foliage year-round, providing constant interest in the garden.
    • Architectural Structure: Offers a strong vertical element, which can enhance garden structure.
    • Coastal Tolerance: Adapted to coastal conditions, including salt spray and windy settings.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As a natural dye: The leaves can be boiled to produce a natural dye for fabrics, giving them a unique and organic coloration.
    • In fashion accessories: Dried or fresh leaves can be woven into hats, bags, and other accessories for a distinctive botanical look.
    • As an ink source: The juice from the plant can be used to make a colored ink for drawing or calligraphy.
    • In vegan leather production: Research into plant-based leathers can utilize fibers from the Cordyline australis 'Pink Star' as a sustainable material.
    • For cultural ceremonies: In some cultures, the plant's vibrant colors and distinctive shape play a role in traditional decorations and rites.
    • As an art medium: Dried leaves can be used in collage, mixed media art, or as a canvas for painting.
    • In photography: The plant's dramatic form and color make it a popular subject for botanical photography and photo styling.
    • For culinary presentation: Although not edible, the leaves can be used as a decorative base for plating up dishes in high-end culinary settings.
    • As a plant-based fabric: Innovative textiles might incorporate fibers from the plant, promoting eco-friendly fashion.
    • In floral artistry: The striking appearance of Cordyline australis 'Pink Star' can be incorporated into floral arrangements and installations that require long-lasting elements.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Cordyline, specifically the 'Pink Star' variety, can be used in Feng Shui to introduce vibrant energy due to its colorful foliage. It's believed to add a sense of dynamism and can be placed in the wealth area of a space (southeast) to attract prosperity or in the fame area (south) to boost reputation and recognition.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Cordyline is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Longevity - Cordyline australis, commonly known as the cabbage tree, is a long-lived plant symbolizing endurance and the passage of time.
    • Strength - The sturdy trunk and resilience of the cabbage tree in diverse conditions represent strength and the ability to withstand challenges.
    • Pride - With its bold pink foliage, the Pink Star variety expresses pride and confidence, making a statement in any landscape.
    • Healing - In some cultures, parts of the cabbage tree are used for medicinal purposes, symbolizing healing and restoration.
    • Spirituality - For the Māori people of New Zealand, the cabbage tree holds spiritual significance and is often planted around marae (sacred meeting grounds).
    • Protection - Traditionally, the cabbage tree has been thought to offer protection, with its leaves being used for shelter and its strong presence in the landscape.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The New Zealand Cabbage Tree, also known as Cordyline australis 'Pink Star', requires consistent moisture in its soil, but it's crucial not to overwater as this can lead to root rot. Water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1-2 gallons depending on the size of the plant and local weather conditions. During summer, you may need to water twice a week if the weather is particularly hot and dry. In winter, reduce the frequency to every other week or less depending on rainfall and if temperatures drop significantly. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering again.

  • sunLight

    The New Zealand Cabbage Tree thrives in a spot where it can receive full sun for at least six hours a day. However, it can also tolerate partial shade. The ideal location would offer bright, indirect light that can help the 'Pink Star' achieve its best coloration and growth. Care should be taken to avoid too much direct afternoon sunlight during the peak summer months, which can sometimes be harsh on the plant's foliage.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The New Zealand Cabbage Tree is adapted to a range of temperatures and can withstand brief dips as low as 15°F. Ideally, maintain temperatures between 60°F and 75°F for optimum growth. This plant can tolerate up to around 90°F but may require additional water to cope with the heat. Always protect it from frost to prevent cold damage to the foliage.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the New Zealand Cabbage Tree to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to maintain its shape. This is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Pruning is not often required but doing it annually can encourage more vigorous growth. Always use clean, sharp tools to make precise cuts without damaging the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Cabbage Tree thrives best in a soil mix consisting of loamy, sandy, and well-draining components with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 6.5. To create an ideal environment, mix equal parts of standard potting soil, coarse sand, and peat or perlite to enhance drainage and aeration.

  • plantRepotting

    Cabbage Trees seldom need repotting and should only be repotted when they have outgrown their current container, usually every 2 to 3 years. Younger plants may require more frequent repotting, every 1 to 2 years, to accommodate their faster growth rates.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cabbage Trees prefer moderate to high humidity levels but are quite adaptable and can tolerate lower humidity conditions typically found in home environments. For optimal growth, aim for a humidity level around 40-50%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with some direct sun.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Cordyline australis 'Pink Star', commonly known as Pink Star Cabbage Tree, begins with seed germination, where proper light and moisture conditions allow a seed to sprout and produce a small seedling. The seedling then grows through a vegetative stage, developing a sturdy stem and long, strap-like pinkish leaves in a rosette form. As the plant matures, it can produce a flower spike bearing small, white, and fragrant star-shaped flowers, typically in late spring or early summer. Following pollination, these flowers can develop into small, spherical berries that contain the seeds for the next generation. The mature plant may reach a significant height and produce multiple branches, each capable of bearing its own flower spikes. Over time, as the older parts of the plant die, they give way to new growth, potentially leading to natural cloning if the branches fall and take root, thereby continuing the life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Cordyline australis 'Pink Star', commonly known as Cabbage Palm, is best propagated through stem cuttings. This method is favored as it is straightforward and generally yields successful results. Choose a healthy, mature stem and cut a segment around 3-5 inches (7.6-12.7 cm) long, ensuring that there are several leaf nodes present. Strip the lower leaves and allow the cutting to dry for a day before planting it in a well-draining soil mix. Rooting hormone can be applied to the base to encourage root growth. The cutting should be kept moist and in indirect light until roots have established, after which it can be transplanted. This process is ideally done in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing.