Sea Urchin, Pincushion Tree
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
Native to Australia. Especially good for the seacoast. Tougher than many other Proteaceae family members and adapt to a wide variety of soil types (including poor soils). Fertilizer is usually not needed; if you do apply it, make sure it is low in phosphorus.
Dense, rounded habit to 10–25 ft. high and 9–30 ft. wide; often trained as a single-trunked evergreen tree. Narrow, gray-green, 6-in.-long leaves are often red margined. Showy flower clusters look like round crimson pincushions stuck with golden pins. Blooms in winter, sometimes in late fall. Good small patio tree.
Dark green leaves edged with small hooked teeth grow in rosettes to 1 ft. wide and high; suckers freel...
Grows to 4 in. high, 1–2 ft. wide. The cylindrical, ribbed, 2–3-in. joints fall off easily...
Native to California coast south of San Francisco Bay and to Channel Islands. Resembles A. lentifo...