|Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder,' photographed in January|
This plant is attractive year round. In mid-August, I featured the new bracts, which glowed red.
|The same Leucadendron, photographed in mid-August|
|Close-up of Leucadendron bracts in August|
In winter, yellow cones form and the surrounding bracts take on a pale yellow shade.
Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder,' which hails from South Africa, grows about 6 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. It prefers full sun but can tolerate a little partial shade. It likes well-drained soil and is moderately drought tolerant. It's reported to be frost tolerant to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4C). It's adapted to USDA zones 9-11 (Sunset zones 16, 17, 20-24 and H1).
The "flowers," which appear in late winter to early spring, are useful in flower arrangements. The cones, as they mature, will turn brown.
I have a few other Leucadendrons in my garden, all newer introductions; however, none yet make the splash created by 'Wilson's Wonder.'
|Leucadendron salignum 'Chief,' which was planted last January|
|Leucadendron 'Ebony,' acquired in September, hasn't done much since it was planted|
|Leucadendron 'Pisa' is in a pot for now but I have great hopes for it|
L. 'Wilson's Wonder' is my contribution to Loree's weekly meme at danger garden highlighting her favorite plants. You can see her current selection and those offered by other gardeners, here.
Wow, wow! Yellow then red then yellow, sunshine and colour in one plant. But have to say that Ebony looks gorgeous too!ReplyDelete
'Ebony' certainly has dramatic color. It hasn't grown much since it was planted but, so far, it seems happy enough with its spot.Delete
Love the look of this plant! thanks for sharing it with us, it might do well for me, the red stems are great and the purple leafed variety is fabulous too.ReplyDelete
If you don't get cold below -4C, Christina, Leucadendron are definitely worth a try.Delete
So so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the different stages of this plant for those of us that don't get to see them go through the bud to open "flower" stage. Someday I hope to make it to the Santa Cruz arboretum so I can be in Proteaceae heaven. Have you been?ReplyDelete
No, I've never been to Santa Cruz but my niece lives there now so I may have reason to get up that way someday, in which case I'll check it out. Maui has some nice Protea farms you might want to visit if you get over to Hawaii.Delete
Absolutely gorgeous! I do wish I could grow Leucodendron here. I'm not surprised you brought it with you when you moved. It would be impossible to leave such a lovely thing behind.ReplyDelete
I actually wish I'd dug up a good bit of my old garden before I left, Chloris - I'm willing to bet that the new owners tore out many of my plants to put in grass.Delete
Very pretty! It reminds me a bit of a euphorbia. I would have wanted to bring it with me, too. :o)ReplyDelete
The coloring is similar to some Euphorbia - it's just much, much bigger...Delete