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Spinning Top Conebush
Characteristics: Evergreen shrub 2.5m
Seeds per packet: 5
An attractive fast growing small rounded shrub growing to 2.5 metres in height with narrow leaves which are covered ot silvery hairs when young. The male plants are bushier and have smaller leaves than the female plants.
Male flower heads are very small (about 11 mm long) and bright yellow while the female produces a cone about 40 mm long. The bracts that form the cone are a colourful mix of yellow, green, blue and red with the yellow stigmas sticking out at the top of the cone in a tuft.
Flower-heads are long lasting and popular in florist arrangements as are the cones of the female plant.
Flowering occurs late winter and spring.
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 flowers will produces cones and seed.
Prefers a well drained soil in a sunny position.
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.