Philodendron ‘Xanadu’

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Philodendron ‘Xanadu’

If you’re after a dramatic effect and a tropical look in your garden, consider Philodendron ‘Xanadu’, one of the world’s great landscaping plants. Discovered in Western Australia in 1983 as a chance seedling, it was subsequently patented as Philodendron ‘Winterbourn’, then renamed ‘Xanadu’ by House Plants of Australia and released as their plant of the year in 1988. Now more than two million plants are sold worldwide every year.

Philodendrons originate in tropical USA, the West Indies and South America, and are popular for their lush foliage and dramatically lobed leaves. Many are climbers, and do well as indoor plants in brightly lit positions. Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ combines many of the good points of its relatives with some special qualities of its own.

Plant details

Common name: Xanadu
Botanic name: Philodendron ‘Xanadu’
Description: Xanadu is an evergreen low shrub with a compact, tidy growth habit and attractive lobed leaves. It rarely exceeds 1x1m, and usually grows to around 75cm (2’6″) high.
Best climate: Xanadu can be grown in the garden in tropical and subtropical Australia and in warm temperate coastal areas. In the colder parts of Australia it’s best grown as an indoor or patio plant under high light conditions.

Best look:

planted in drifts for a massed display good pot specimen in semi shaded conditions great for tropical-look gardens but blends with many different plants great tidy plant around pools

Good points:

decorative small lobed leaves compact growth low maintenance and pest free doesn’t produce aerial roots wide climatic tolerance


Grows poorly with an open habit under heavy shade or indoors


full sun to semi shade plenty of water in spring and summer annual fertilising with slow release fertiliser to keep it green

Getting started:

Plants are available within the climate zone (see climate map) and range in price from $11-$20 for a 20cm (8″) pot, to $30 for a 25cm (10″) pot. It is also possible to purchase sun grown advanced plants for an instant landscape look.