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Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Family:
Proteaceae (The Protea Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and southern Africa
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
6-8 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
bold display
Flowering Season:
Winter and spring
Flower Color:
Red
Exposure:
Sun or light shade
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
Leucadendrons include showy trees and shrubs of the protea family, and they have proven to be more adaptable to cultivation than most Proteas and Leucospermums. Their flowers have most of the parts of conventional flowers reduced to small scales, but their dense, cone-like clusters are surrounded by circles of leafy bracts which develop bright coloring in preparation for, and during, the actual flowering season. Male and female flowers are normally borne on separate plants. Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' is vigorous and upright in habit. The dark green 3 inch leaves, bronze-tinted in new growth, are reminiscent of those of a callistemon. The floral structures are quite colorful, the bracts dark red overall, yellow at the base. It requires a sunny spot and well drained soil (it can be quite poor; in fact it will resent heavy fertilizing). Occasional to infrequent watering.