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Characteristics: Evergreen slender shrub 2-3m
Seeds per packet: 5
An attractive slender, upright shrub 2–3 m tall branching from a single stem with long narrow dark green pointed leaves often tinged with red. The leaves are covered in soft velvety hairs, the involucral leaves form a star-like cup in mid-summer.
The yellow male flowerhead is cone-shaped, 15 mm long and 12 mm wide. The female flowerhead is egg-shaped, 13 mm long and 10 mm wide. In some plants, the involucral leaves of the female do not change colour. The cone is greenish with yellow flowers, as the cone matures it becomes tinged with red, often ending off completely red.
Both male and female plants produce masses of small bright yellow flowers during spring and early summer. The female plants flower-heads develop into attractive small rosy-pink cones resembling opening rosebuds.
The flowers, cones and foliage are widely used in flower arrangements.
Leucadendrons are dioecious, separate male and female plants. Both the male and female flowers occur in dense heads at the branch tips with the male flowers the most attractive, only the female flower will produces cones and seed.
Prefers a well-drained soil. Tolerant of drought but performs best with moderate water all year round.
The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summer is hot and dry and your winter is moderate and wet the best time to sow is autumn.
In colder climates with less harsh summers it is usually better to sow in spring.
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended:
Members of the Proteaceae are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.