The Colors of Cordylines (The Ti Plant)

Here are the pics of the four (from post 61) as they look today about a year and a half later. Maria- Fast grower now stands over 6' tall, receives lots of sun early afternoon on. Kiwi- Slow grower,was relocated (dislikes sun, colors fade) to a bright light area last fall. John Cummings- Was my favorite! Looks like crap now, receives all day sun and will be relocated soon. Sensation- Average grower with sturdy stems and branches freely in late afternoon sun.
 

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Here is Xerox, a steady grower that receives late afternoon sun. A Red Sister is located on the right of the Xerox.
 

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Here is Auntie Lou, another steady grower that I am growing in afternoon sun.
 

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Here is Lemon Lime a really s l o w grower for me. I have it growing in bright light. I originally had it in a location that received a couple hours of afternoon sun, only to have the leaves burn and 3 of the 4 plants die.
 

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Here is White Babydoll a small leaf Ti that I purchased this past June as rooted cuttings. I still have it in a pot moving it around to find the right light location. Has grown good this summer and I think the location of bright light with about 1 hr of full sun is now working for it. The white band inside of the pink edge is now appearing.
 

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Sherberti receives late afternoon sun and is a steady grower.
 

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Tri Color has been another slow grower for me. Planted in a area that receives about 1 hr late afternoon sun. I need to relocate this one to early morning sun.
 

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Kiwi is one of my faves (I have 5 groups of these), but only 1 group has ever looked good as seen in the first 3 pics. All 5 groups are growing in bright light. Picture 4 shows the best of the other 4 groups that have not done well. I took cuttings off of one this summer and planted them in a morning sun location and looks to be doing very well.
 

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And here we have Black Magic. Another favorite :D as I have 3 groups of this one. Performs well in the sun. My in ground plant receives sun noon on. The other 2 plants replaced palms that were growing in large clay pots in screened pool area and receive all day sun.
 

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I know this is a common one, but I thought it looked cool in a mass planting. Photos were taken today at my friend's farm.
 

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Ti plants are a lot like crotons in that they "morph" so easily and in so many different ways. And they are both (thankfully) so easy to propogate. For those reasons it is fun to see both plant types that different locations have to offer.

I would bet that Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Florida, all have some varieties of both crotons and cordylines that are not used or available elsewhere. So, keep the photos coming from far away places.
 
This is Global a green leaf Ti that has a hint of purple in the new growth undersides. Grows good in part sun as well as shade.
 

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Here is one that has lost its name. A medium grower in a shaded area. White blushed leaves with a hint of pink and a red edge. The white changes to a medium color pink on the older leaves.
 

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Here is Glauca. A med grower blush of creamy yellow and pink with a dark pink edge. Shaded bright light works best for this one.
 

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Here is Exotica, also being grown in a bright shade location. A medium fast grower. It is flowering now and will be crossed with the John Cummings Ti.
 

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I will get a picture of a Deborah Harry fave today... stay tuned and keep posting.
 
Here is Jackie also a fast grower in afternoon sun. Stands about 5' tall. Really can not enjoy the new growth colors at this height.
 

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Tuscan growing in the late day sun. Fast grower with a thick sturdy stem.
 

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Maria you have seen this tall girl in a previous post, but you could not see her true colors. I stood in a chair to get these shots. I call Maria "the Deborah Harry fave". Every time I look at this plant I always think of (and sometimes hum) the Deborah Harry song Maria.
 

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.... "Oh don't you wanna break her oh don't you wanna take her home"....
 

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Nice to see someone growing so many varities around here. They should look even more impressive with some crotons.

Phil, So far I have kept the Ti's on one side of the yard and Crotons on the other for the most part. I think it gives the garden visitors surprise. If you enter the garden through the east gate you you only see the Ti collection. Enter through the west gate and you see the Croton collection. Of course the palms are everywhere. But there is still the side of the lake that will begin to get the Ti's and Crotons soon.
 
Chocolate another fave of mine. I still have this Ti growing in a pot. I have moved the pot around every month or so trying to find the best light location. I found that a lot of sun (pics 1 & 2) tends to burn the leaf edges. Current pot location gets morning sun for a few hours. Looking a little better now ( pic 3) and has returned to the color I purchased it for.
 

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Calypso Queen gets blasted with sun most of the day. CQ is a slower growing Ti with small leaves.
 

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Hawian Boy a fast grower for me. This Ti gets hit with lots of the Florida sunshine.
 

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Big Red still is my favorite Ti. I have had a few people ask me "is that real". This pic is the current look after enduring the hot Florida morning sun this summer. I have grown Big Red for about 18 months now. I have not noticed that the plant has gained any height but continues to push new leaves. If I ever find Big Red for sale again I will buy a few more.
 

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Scott,

Seeing all these varieties really brings back memories when I had a collection of over 100 Ti plants several years ago. I grew all those in your photos, because the tip cuttings were always for sale in big numbers from offshore growers. The last one your calling Big Red, looks alot like Dr. Frank brown in the book, and that's what I would call it. Thanks for all the good pictures.
 
Scott, where did you get your cordyline Maria? It's a beauty! And thanks for all the pics, you have a great collection.
 
Scott, where did you get your cordyline Maria? It's a beauty! And thanks for all the pics, you have a great collection.

Sihara, I found Maria at Lowes in the summer of 2008. All of my Cordylines except for 3 came from Lowes. The selection was great in 2008, but this year found nothing.
 
What's so great about cordylines and crotons is as long as you have your clippers with you, you never know what will "follow" you home. :)

That Maria is probably growing somewhere in your neighborhood. Just keep your eyes open. Most gardeners would be happy to trade.
 
Thanks for the photos and descriptions above.

I live close to Dr.Brown and have always bought many different cordyline from him through the years. I don't know how many variety that I have but they are not enough! I also always will buy a ti anywhere I see one I don't all ready have. (like most collectors).

They don't grow very fast or thrive for me that much. I'm way too far North and also too dry for them. However, the ones tucked near the house and get supplemental water do good.

I'm going to walk around and take some night shots of them. I'm curious on how many I have and taking photos will force me to count them!
 
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