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Gum leaved Conebush
Other common names: Tall Conebush
Characteristics: Evergreen shrub 3-5m
Seeds per packet: 5
An attractive fast growing small rounded shrub growing 3-5 metres in height with narrow leaves similar to the leaves of Eucalyptus. Bright yellow flowers occur at the branch tips in winter-spring. Flower-heads are long lasting and popular in florist arrangements as are the cones of the female plant.
The species eucalyptifolium is named for its leaves which resemble those of the genus Eucalyptus which are also known as gum trees.
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 in a sunny position. Tolerant of drought and of mild frost when established .
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.