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Electric Star™ Cordyline

Cordyline banksii 'Sprilecstar'

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Electric Star Cordyline (Cordyline banksii 'Sprilecstar') at Green Thumb Nursery

Electric Star™ Cordyline

Electric Star™ Cordyline

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Electric Star Cordyline (Cordyline banksii 'Sprilecstar') at Green Thumb Nursery

Electric Star™ Cordyline foliage

Electric Star™ Cordyline foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Forest Cabbage Tree, False Dracaena

Group/Class:  Design Edge Series

Brand:  Sprint Horticulture


Young leaves on this variety begin dark red, then mature to burgundy-brown with luminous pink and lime green stripes; tends to be clump forming; perfect for adding a lush, tropical feel to the garden or patio containers

Ornamental Features

Electric Star™ Cordyline is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental upright and spreading habit of growth. It has attractive burgundy foliage with lime green stripes and tinges of pink which emerges dark red in spring. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain burgundy throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Electric Star™ 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.

Electric Star™ Cordyline is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Electric Star™ Cordyline will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. 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 may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Electric Star™ 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container  Basket 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features