Also known as
Common Sunshine Conebush
This plant has no fragrance
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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
The hardy leaves will help dry spells. When grown in its natural areas, it is use to survive dry summers.
Can be grown in containers, use specialized fynbos potting mix with low or no Phosphates.
Other uses of Cone Bush
Grown for their flower heads from autumn to spring and for their foliage.
The unusual colored leaves and the pretty cone make this a popular with florists.