Leucadendron 'ebony' (ebony conebush)

Leucadendron 'ebony' (ebony conebush)

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 Leucadendron 'Ebony' (Ebony Conebush) - This bushy compact shrub grows 3 to 4 feet tall by 3 to 6 feet wide with lustrous blackish-purple foliage and burgundy red bracts surrounding the flowers from late winter to summer. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently once established. This new cultivar is a sport of the popular and durable 'Safari Sunset', a hybrid between Leucadendron laureolum and L. salignum, and should be able to handle similar conditions. As such it should tolerate some frost, taking temperatures down to the mid 20s at least, and be able to handle some alkalinity and clay soils. With this dark foliage it should be a great specimen plant in the garden or in a large container – Great for cutflower use. It was discovered in 2007 by John Francis in a cultivated cut flower field of Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' in Waimauku, northwest of Auckland, New Zealand. It received its US Plant Patent 23,258 in December 2012. In its patent application it was noted that it differed from the parent plant by having purple-black colored leaves and bracts instead of green leaves and red bracts such as are found on 'Safari Sunset'. 

Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Burgundy
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (Leucadendron laureolum x L. salignum)
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs