One of my favorite trees in the garden is Cordyline Australis. This tree is tall, at least 5 meters tall, with a very straight trunk. It never loses its leaves and provides a sanctuary for birds that quite often nest there.
It looks like a palm tree but it isn't one. It is able to withstand frosts and cold weather. My garden is north facing which makes it even more impressive, as it looks like it is thriving next to the Eucalyptus.
Initially I thought this was an Australian tree(because of the name), but thankfully I checked wikipedia first before writing this article. This tree is native from New Zealand where it is known as the Cabbage tree.