Saturday, July 4, 2009

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'
The Leucadendrons and their cousins the Proteas are at their best over winter putting on an amazing display of warm coloured leaves and flowers. I photographed this one recently in a cold climate garden and it looked wonderful set against the blue foliage of a Eucalyptus. They grow equally well on the coast as in the mountains. Over time some tall varieties can become a bit stiff and woody and may need replacing after about ten years. Otherwise they are very hardy adaptable shrubs ,preferring well drained acid soils which are low in phosphorous for optimum growth. Cut stems have a long vase life and are popular as cut flowers.
2017 update: I don't have any stock of them.

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