Photo - Linda Ross
Cabbage Palm, Livistona australis
Cabbage palms are a stunning native palm indigenous to Sydney. Captain Cook noted them on his first excursion onto land at Botany Bay. Livistona grow in moist, sheltered gullies along the coast. They were common around Sydney Harbour and can still be seen in remnant bushland along the coastal fringe. This is Australia’s southernmost palm tree, growing as far south as Victoria. It is a hardy choice for gardeners. It loves rich soil and filtered light, and will even grow indoors in a brightly lit room or balcony. Feed palms with half-strength seaweed solution only.