Height: 3 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: False Dracaena
This compact variety presents glossy, dark chocolate colored leaves; spectacular when massed on the landscape; perfect for adding a lush, tropical feel to the garden or indoors
Renegade Cordyline features showy panicles of fragrant lavender cup-shaped flowers with creamy white overtones in late spring. It has attractive burgundy foliage with hints of dark brown which emerges dark red in spring. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain burgundy throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Renegade Cordyline is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should never be pruned except to remove any dieback, as it tends not to take pruning well. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Renegade Cordyline is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Renegade Cordyline will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Renegade Cordyline makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.