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Leucadendron salignum (Sunshine conebush)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Leucadendron salignum

Other names

Sunshine conebush, Willow conebush, Devil's blush, Geelbos, Red cone bush

Genus

Leucadendron Leucadendron

Species

L. salignum - L. salignum is an erect, usually multi-stemmed, variable, evergreen shrub with red stems bearing oblong to broadly linear, leathery, olive-green to grey-green leaves and dense, cone-like clusters of small, tubular, cream flowers surrounded by yellow, red, or reddish-purple bracts.


Leucadendron salignum is: Evergreen

Habit

Upright

Flower

Red, Reddish-purple, Cream, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Olive green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Vulnerable to chlorosis resulting from magnesium deficiency.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates frequent pruning so suitable for use as cut foliage for flower arranging.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Leucadendron salignum (Sunshine conebush) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Indoor, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in a mix of 1 part ericaceous compost and 3 parts grit or perlite with peat or peat alternative. Site in full light with low humidity. In growth, water moderately and feed with magnesium sulphate and urea at half-strength in spring and autumn. Water sparingly in winter. In frost free areas, grow outdoors in poor, neutral to acid, well-drained soil in sun. Leaves will yellow in magnesium deficient soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

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Botanical name

Leucadendron salignum

Other names

Sunshine conebush, Willow conebush, Devil's blush, Geelbos, Red cone bush

Genus

Leucadendron Leucadendron

Species

L. salignum - L. salignum is an erect, usually multi-stemmed, variable, evergreen shrub with red stems bearing oblong to broadly linear, leathery, olive-green to grey-green leaves and dense, cone-like clusters of small, tubular, cream flowers surrounded by yellow, red, or reddish-purple bracts.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Upright


Colour

Flower

Red, Reddish-purple, Cream, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Olive green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Diseases

Vulnerable to chlorosis resulting from magnesium deficiency.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Tolerates frequent pruning so suitable for use as cut foliage for flower arranging.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Leucadendron salignum (Sunshine conebush) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Indoor, Mediterranean, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in a mix of 1 part ericaceous compost and 3 parts grit or perlite with peat or peat alternative. Site in full light with low humidity. In growth, water moderately and feed with magnesium sulphate and urea at half-strength in spring and autumn. Water sparingly in winter. In frost free areas, grow outdoors in poor, neutral to acid, well-drained soil in sun. Leaves will yellow in magnesium deficient soil.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Leucadendron salignum (Sunshine conebush)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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