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Cone Bush

Leucadendron salignum

Also known as

Common Sunshine Conebush

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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l.salignum (female)

Cone Bush Overview

Leucadendrons or cone bushes are grown for their coloured foliage and the pretty cones that are produced on the female plant. The plants are woody perennials with persistent root-stocks, enabling the plants to re-sprout after fires. Crossings and hybrids of Leucadendrons are grown commercially for the cut flower industry as foliage and cones. The cones are used in both the fresh and dried state. Wild stands are also harvested for this industry. Leucadendrons can be grown as garden plants. Leucadendron salignum is commonly used with other species to cross and produce new hybrids, such as 'Safari Sunset' (L salignum x L laureolum).

Common problems with Cone Bush

Generally problem free, but are prone to root rots, be sure to have good drainage.

    How to harvest Cone Bush

    Cones are harvested during winter. Cut flowers for decoration as needed.

    How to propagate Cone Bush


    Use semi-hardwood off the current season's growth to take cuttings, 6 to 10 cm in length. Dip into rooting hormone and root with bottom heat and intermittant irrigation.


    Seed in spring.

    Special features of Cone Bush

    Drought resistant

    The hardy leaves will help dry spells. When grown in its natural areas, it is use to survive dry summers.

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in containers, use specialized fynbos potting mix with low or no Phosphates.

    Wind break

    Hedge plant

    Other uses of Cone Bush

    Grown for their flower heads from autumn to spring and for their foliage.

    Cut flower

    The unusual colored leaves and the pretty cone make this a popular with florists.