Cussonia plants and species
A rather unusual group of plants Cussonia are grown for the foliage and range from smaller growing species suited to container growing to medium to large sized trees. The crowns tend to look a little like large cabbages hence the common name.
Despite the relative unknown nature, some very old specimens can be found growing in various area of Australia. C. paniculata is one, with a broad spreading crown and reaching a height of 7 – 10m it makes an excellent shade tree that requires little water during our long dry summers. C. spicata is another that has been grown for many years with one excellent specimen found at Melbourne University in Parkville.
Cussonia paniculata (Mountain Cabbage Tree) and Cussonia spicata (spiked cabbage tree) are probably the best known. Cussonia are a slow growing evergreen tree to 5m. Cussonia from South Africa are drought tolerant once established.
Species and varieties
- Cussonia thyrsiflora is a smaller growing species.
- C. sphaerocephala.
- C. natalensis (Rock Cabbage) will reach around 5m in height and can be grown in containers.
- C. zuluensis can reach around 10m over time.
Cussonia plants are available for sale form the following nurseries
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
20 Swan Street, Lara, Vic. 3212 Contact: Ph/Fax: (03) 5282 8704
Mail Order and Retail NurseryCacti and succulents. Wide range of trees, palms, ferns, shrubs & perennials.