The Cordyline Chocolate Queen plant, or Cordyline fruticosa, is a colorful Ti plant with purple, brown, and green leaves with streaks of yellow. These multi-colored leaves are smooth, long, and broad, and they change colors as they age. As the leaves grow older and reach the bottom of the plant, they may turn to a deep green color.
This plant is a beautiful perennial that grows into a short shrub or tree and can reach heights of 3 to 4 feet spread up to 3 feet wide. Although the plant does not produce fruit and is not harvested, occasionally, the roots are cooked or fermented and eaten as a snack or used in meals. They attract bees and are mildly tolerant of salt.
The Cordyline Chocolate Queen plant is extremely slow-growing, and it can take up to two decades to fully mature.
The Cordyline Chocolate Queen plant is native to Hawaii, but it also can grow in parts of South America, New Zealand, and Australia. It thrives best in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 13, but it will also grow in other humid and hot environments.