Livistonia australis – Cabbage Tree Palm


A tall and handsome palm with glossy fan shaped leaves and large cream flowers in autumn and winter. It can grow to 20 metres tall, but can be used as a pot plant while small. The early colonists wove hats from the leaves and the aboriginals used them to make bags, baskets and fishing nets. It is frost tender. Be aware that the leaf shafts have sharp spines which make clean up time rather painful unless you are wearing thick gloves.

Scientific Name:Livistonia australis
Common Name:Cabbage tree palm
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:10 ~ 20 metres
Width:5 ~ 6 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Column-shaped
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants