I nearly picked it up right then but the dimensions shown on the pot put me off. I wasn't sure I had a sunny spot large enough for a plant the tag claimed would grow 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. At $40, I didn't want to bring it home only to find myself challenged as to what to do with it. When I got home, I pulled up on-line references to L. 'Safari Sunset' and, true to my recollections, these showed a plant with foliage that was more green than the purplish-black of the plants I'd seen. I was fairly certain that the plants I saw were Leucadendron 'Ebony' masquerading as their parent, L. 'Safari Sunset.'
I finally got back to the garden center late this afternoon. The plants were still there so I brought one home.
|Leucadendron 'Ebony' found labeled as 'Safari Sunset'|
|Closer look at the foliage|
What do you think? Am I mistaken as to the plant's identity, or did the nursery mislabel it? In either case, it's a handsome plant. Assuming that it gets no more than 4 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide, I have 2 prospective spots for it. And I can do a lot with that $110 price differential.