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Zones 16, 17, 20-24, H1
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Leucadendron hybrids

Proteaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

LEUCADENDRON

These South African natives are related to Protea (see that entry for culture). Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. Inflorescences form at the stem tips. In some shrubby species, conelike male flower clusters sit above showy colored bracts and have the look of giant daisies. Female flower clusters are less showy and develop into conelike seed clusters.

Leucadendron hybrids

These hybrids are shrubs. ‘Pisa’ is a fast, dense grower to 6 ft. tall and 3–5 ft. wide, with willowy, gray-green leaves; silver cones are surrounded by yellow-green bracts in spring. ‘Jester’ has cream-and-green-variegated leaves that flush deep pink at branch ends. ‘Red Gem’ is compact, 4 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide, with red bracts and yellow cones. ‘Safari Sunset’ is vigorous and upright, to 8–10 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide, with intensely red bracts in summer that fade to light yellow in the center by late winter; tolerant of frost and clay soils. 

 

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