A series of heavy frosts, such as we experienced last winter, will cut down a young Cordyline Australis . But it’s very difficult to finish them off altogether. What happens is that a single stemmed tree will rejuvenate from the base and become multi-stemmed. This is what has happened to all the Corylines at the Damson Dene Hotel They were cut right back in February and then started to resprout in July. The photo is of a multi-stemmed Cordyline on the promenade in Grange. This plant was a 12ft palm tree with a single trunk in 1996. In the spring of 1997, after a bad winter with 2 feet of snow the tree appeared to be dead. But it grew back with an astonishing 21 trunks. Over the years some of those trunks have been snapped off, usually be small boys swinging on them, but new trunks always re-emerge from the base. This very exotic palm is one of the great survivors, even in our climate.