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The Tiplant (Cordyline fruticosa)

is a tender perennial evergreen tree/shrub/subshrub with a flowering period in early Spring, mid Spring and late Spring. It requires medium levels of water. This plant requires a minimum of 365 frost free days to grow successfully. It has average drought tolerance.


Cordyline fruticosa grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 7.7 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to clay, silt, sand, loam, silty clay, sandy clay, clay loam, silt loam, sandy loam, loamy sand, silty clay loam and sandy clay loam soils, and prefers medium fertility.


This is a erect plant and has a single stem growth form, and has an ultimate height of 3m / 9.8ft.

Height at ...

  • 20 years 3.1m / 10.2ft


It has green leaves.


Hedge (medium).


Resistant to fire.

Fruit and seed

There is a medium fruit/seed abundance beginning in Spring and ending in Summer.

35°C / 95F 5.5 to 7.7 3m / 9.8ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Cordyline
Specific epithet ? fruticosa
Common names
Tiplant (United States)
IPNI details on Cordyline fruticosa
References [edit] ?

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