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An attractive, fast-growing, small, rounded shrub growing to 2.5 metres in height with the male flower heads being 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 used widely in florist arrangements, as are the cones of the female plant. Flowering occurs in late winter and spring.
The narrow leaves are covered by silvery hair when young. The male plants are bushier and have smaller leaves than the female plants.
Leucadendrons are dioecious, separate male and female plants. 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 produce cones and seeds.
Prefers 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 a difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summers are hot and dry and winter is moderate and wet, autumn is the best time to sow.
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 by soaking the seed overnight or applying it to the surface after sowing; both provide good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.
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