December Plant of the Month: Leucadendron salignum ‘Winter Red’

December Plant of the Month: Leucadendron salignum ‘Winter Red’

Leucadendron salignum 'Winter Red'This tough, drought-tolerant evergreen shrub is a stand-out with a dense display of vibrant red foliage, which is particularly intense in the fall and winter months. It is grown for its leathery bracts, which are actually modified leaves that typically resemble (and are often mistaken for) flowers. The bracts are long-lasting and make a unique addition to cut flower arrangements. Inconspicuous cones develop at the ends of the bracts, hence the common name Conebush. ‘Winter Red’ Conebush thrives here on the Central Coast of California, where the Mediterranean climate closely mimics the climate of its native region of South Africa. Reaching only 3-5 feet at maturity, it makes a good substitute for the popular Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’ in smaller gardens. As with most members of the Protea family, this plant grows best in full sun, is hardy to around 30 degrees and does not respond well to fertilizers containing phosphorus.

2 Responses to “December Plant of the Month: Leucadendron salignum ‘Winter Red’”

  1. Cecil D'Souza says:

    Hello

    Where can I purchase these Leucadendron PLANTS – particularly Winter Red, or Blush and Inca gold. I am also looking for Grevillea plants – Not looking for seeds.

    I live in North Carolina and I don’t find them here. Could you please guide me where to purchase these plants.

    Thanks

    Cecil

    • All Seasons Landscaping says:

      Hi Cecil,

      We are very lucky on the Central Coast of California to have growers that grow and sell proteas locally to specialty nurseries and landscape contractors.

      Though I have never sourced plants from this nursery, an online search lead me to this company that may be able to ship to your area.

      http://www.blossomvalleyprotea.com/plantsales.htm

      Best of luck!

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