If You Like Piña Coladas...I mean paniculata...

|Cussonia paniculata subspecies sinuata|

|Cussonia paniculata subspecies sinuata|

Somewhere in this galaxy of foliage is one of nature's more interesting leaf patterns.  It's like some punk rock fleur-de-lis. This amazing leaf pattern belongs to Cussonia paniculata subspecies sinuata.  Say that three times fast.  It comes to us from South Africa and is commonly referred to there as the Mountain Cabbage Tree.  Check it out.   To see it in person is to witness what I would consider the plant version of a baby created by Dr. Seuss and Spock or something the Mars Rover might run into on Mars.  This small tree is otherworldly and I love it.  Not your next door neighbor's tired old tree.  I have two of these and they are amazing specimens.  They're slow growing so they're the perfect candidates for containers.  They also look amazing when planted in the ground.

|Cussonia paniculata leaf|

|Cussonia paniculata leaf|

The foliage is so bold and so edgy. It's real moment is when a crown of new growth explodes forth in the center of its foliage galaxy.  If you really want to add something fresh and fascinating with striking style to your garden profile I suggest you run out to your nearest nursery and find one now.  Le Freak c'est chic.