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Products > Leucadendron 'Jester'
 
Leucadendron 'Jester' - Sunshine Conebush
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Leucadendron 'Safari Sunshine']
Parentage: (Leucadendron salignum x L. laureolum)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Leucadendron 'Jester' (Sunshine Conebush) - An evergreen shrub to 4 to 5 feet tall and wide with showy, rich red bracts that sit atop branches of variegated foliage in late winter into spring. One look at 'Jester' and one can understand why it is so named as it is definitely a clown in the garden sporting colors of bright pink, cream and green. Its other name, 'Safari Sunshine' is also nice as a reference to all of these colors and is a nod to it being a sport of 'Safari Sunset', though it is less vigorous and has a smaller mature stature. Cut branches are prized for use in arrangements and foliage material. Originally introduced into the trade by Duncan & Davies (New Zealand) in 1986 as 'Jester'. It was granted protection under Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) in New Zealand and South Africa under this name. In Brian Matthews' "The Protea Book" he notes that 'Jester' and 'Safari Sunshine' are essentially the same plant. We received our plants as 'Safari Sunshine' from Dennis Perry and listed it under this name until 2008 when we changed the name to 'Jester' to a avoid confussion.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Leucadendron 'Jester' .
 
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