Stunning new clump forming cordylines

Cordyline 'Cha Cha' - photo: Van Vliet New Plants

Cordyline ‘Cha Cha’ – photo: Van Vliet New Plants

“Cordyline ‘Can Can’ and Cordyline ‘Cha Cha’ are two stunning and dramatic new clumping varieties, with colourful, weeping, variegated foliage.” With these words breeder Peter Fraser introduces the two novelties on the website of his nursery Growing Spectrum in New Zealand. They should distinguish themselves from all other cordylines by the colour of their leaves. Both are entered by Dutch based royalty management agency Van Vliet New Plants into the new plants competition of the trade fair Plantarium 2013, which will be held this week from August 21 to 24 in Netherlands. Earlier both cordylines were introduced in the US at the Far West Show 2011 in Portland, Oregon.
Cordyline 'Can Can' - photo: Van Vliet New Plants

Cordyline ‘Can Can’ – photo: Van Vliet New Plants

The agency describes the new leaves of ‘Can Can’ as clear, variegated pink and red. “The mature leaves colour from cream to light green. The new leaves of ‘Cha Cha’ produce clear, variegated apricot to light-brown leaves, while the mature leaves colour from yellow to green.
‘Can Can’ and ‘Cha Cha’ are Cordylines that were bred focusing on the colouring of the older leaves. Both cultivars grow fast and have a healthy system of roots. They are suitable for both the garden and in a container on a terrace. The plants must be protected against serious frost.”