Cordyline fruticosa, or the Hawaiian Ti Leaf, originates from Eastern Asia to Polynesia and is a popular ornamental plant. There are number of varieties available, such as large shrubs up to 10 feet tall, and small plants that grow up to 5 feet. They are well known for their glossy, variegated, sword-shaped leaves and small fragrant pink flowers that can bloom in late winters. The unusually colored foliage makes them an ideal choice for landscaping and can be used both as an accent and backbone of the landscape.
In terms of care, a cordyline requires full sun to semi-shade and regular water for proper growth. The soil should be well-drained and rich in organic matter. Depending on the variety, a mature cordyline is cold hardy down to the mid-30s Fahrenheit for a short period of time.
For cordyline grown in cold regions in a pot, it is essential to provide a well-draining container, as it helps to hold the optimum moisture level for the plant. The container should be big enough to provide the roots with enough space to grow. To protect the plant from frost, it is necessary to take it indoors in winter.
Cordyline fruticosa is an attractive, ornamental, and low-maintenance foliage, making it a great choice for any garden. When in need of a splash of color and unusual foliage, give a Ti plant a try!