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.

4 Responses

  1. Cecil D'Souza
    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
      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. Best of luck!
  2. My winter red brackets have mostly turned gray-brown in what is now January. It is in full sun. There are still green brackets but much of the plant looks gray-brown. Should I do anything or let nature take it's course?
    • All Seasons Landscaping
      Hi Lucy. That's tough question to answer but I have experienced the same problem with Leucadendron 'Jester' in front of office. After approx 6 years one of them rapidly declined with the same problem that you are experiencing it seems. It died and I replaced it. The new one is doing fine but slow growing. Could be that the it was fertilized with 15-15-15 and the phosphorus killed it although the adjacent plant is doing quite well. Here's a link that will show you the numerous other reasons that could cause them to decline. Lots of variables.

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