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Characteristics: Tree 5-10 m
Seeds per packet: 5
The Wagon Tree is one of the few Protea that grows into a tree and the only with usable timber. It may vary in height but generally, it is a gnarled slow growing tree to 5 metres in height and a trunk to 400 mm in diameter with thick white-grey bark although in favourable conditions it may attain a height of up to 10 m and a trunk diameter of 1 metre.
Young crimson leaves give way to mature, bluish, sea green leaves. Large, creamy white flower heads appear year-round with peak flowering occurring in winter in its native environment.
Indigenous to the Cape Peninsula to the Bokkeveld escarpment and into the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Prefers a light well-drained soil in an open sunny position but will tolerate a wide range of soils and suited for coastal planting. Drought resistant but frost tender.
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.