|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.