Cordyline Australis Torbay Dazzler – Buy, Learn & Grow

Cordyline ‘Torbay Dazzler’ is a tropical cultivar of Cordyline Australis that is native to New Zealand. It is a perennial, evergreen, palm-like plant. It is a popular accent plant that will dazzle your garden.

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This plant that is also known as cabbage palm ‘Torbay Dazzler’ or just Torbay palm is a variegated and single-stemmed small tree or shrub. It is sturdy, resilient and also quite tolerant of demanding conditions.

Cordyline Torbay Dazzler

Cordyline Torbay Dazzler

How big will a Torbay palm get?

Torbay palm can reach up to 16 feet tall and 10 feet wide at maturity if it is planted in the ground. Pot grown plants tend to be smaller.

What does a Cordyline Torbay dazzler look like?

This exquisite plant has lance-shaped, green leaves that are spiked white or yellow.

Dense panicles of fragrant, white flowers bloom in summer. Small, white or blue, berry-like fruits are produced in autumn.

How do I grow a Torbay palm?

Although Torbay palm prefers a light, sandy soil, it will still do well in chalky, loamy or even heavy, clay soil that is moist, well-draining and fertile. The pH can be acidic, alkaline or neutral.

Use a high-quality potting mix when growing in pots. The pot you use should also be large enough to accommodate the roots of the plant.

Where should I position my Cordyline Torbay dazzler in my garden?

Position your plant in a south, east or west facing sheltered area of your garden where it will be exposed to full or partial sunlight. MORE: What to plant with Cordylines?

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Other varieties of Cordyline covered here are: Cordyline Australis Charlie Boy, Cordyline Australis Pink Passion, Cordyline Australis Pink Star, Cordyline Australis Red Star, Cordyline Australis Torbay DazzlerCordyline Australis Verde.

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How can I care for my Torbay palm?

Torbay palm is a low maintenance plant that doesn’t need pruning and is generally free of pests and diseases.

Watering: Water your Torbay palm frequently during its growing season and periods of extreme heat but note that overwatering will easily cause root rot.

Fertilisation: You can feed your plant with a liquid or slow-release fertiliser.

Hardiness: This plant is tender to the UK hardiness zone (H3) and will need protection from frost.


Cordyline Australis Torbay Dazzler

Cordyline Australis ‘Torbay Dazzler’ is sometimes called Torbay dazzler grass palm but commonly called Cabbage palm. It is a cultivar of the cabbage palm genus in the Asparagaceae family. 

Cabbage pal ‘Torbay Dazzler’ is an evergreen perennial that bears a resemblance to a palm. It features variegated sword-shaped leaves and blooms beautiful white flowers in June and July. Also, it is reported to be toxic to household pets like cats and dogs but attractive to bees because of pollination. Cabbage palm ‘Torbay Dazzler is lovely in a tropical garden setting or when used as a part of a mixed herbaceous border.

How to grow Cordyline australis torbay dazzler

Cordyline australis ‘Torbay dazzler’ grows easily with little maintenance once it is planted in fertile, well-draining soil and placed on a sunny border. It can be grown in pots or large containers that can be moved indoors for winter protection and back out when the threat is gone.

Where should I position Cordyline australis Torbay dazzler in my garden?

Cabbage palm ‘Torbay dazzler’ is a sun lover so you can place it in a middle or back border, south, east, or west-facing where it can get full sun exposure or just a little shade. Whatever position you place your Torbay dazzler in, ensure that it is sheltered from strong winds and cold wind during winter.

How tall does Cordyline australis Torbay dazzler grow and spread?

Torbay Dazzler is a small slow-growing tree and will only reach a height of 2.5 to 4 metres and spread to 1 to 1.5 metres in a decade or two.

What kind of soil does Cordyline australis Torbay dazzler need?

Torbay dazzler will grow easily in chalk, clay, sand, or loamy soil with an acidic, neutral, or alkaline pH as long as the soil is well-draining and does not retain water.


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