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Products > Leucadendron discolor 'Pom Pom'
 
Leucadendron discolor 'Pom Pom' - Pom-pom Flame Tips
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (male Leucadendron discolor selection)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Leucadendron discolor 'Pom Pom' (Pom-pom Flame Tips) - A showy male flowering selection of the large-flowered and long-stemmed Leucadendron discolor. It is a medium-sized erect shrub growing to 7 feet tall by 5 feet wide with with blue-gray, oval-shaped leaves that will often take on purple tones during cool weather. In the spring appear the attractive bright-red pollen "cones" surrounded by white to pale-yellow, petal-like bracts. A bit problematic in that the plant thrives in acidic and well-drained soil, conditions that are not typical in southern California but where soils are good or can be modified this is an exceptional and showy plant. Though considered to be a fairly drought-tolerant shrub it requires a bit more careful irrigation practices than other mediterranean climate plants, especially where soil drainage is not optimum to assure the it neither receives too much or too little water. It is cold hardy to 20F and is reported to have good deer resistance. Great as a short screening plant and for flower arrangements. This plant was selected in 1986 and registered as 'Pom-pom' with Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (VOPI) in South Africa in 1993 and imported to UC Santa Cruz Arboretum in 1994. According to our friend Dennis Perry, who has long specialized in growing South African Proteaceae in California, 'Pom Pom' is the best selection of Leucadendron discolor and makes a wonderful long lasting cut flower. He notes that one should prune hard during flowering for cut flowers or just after to maintain the vigor of the plant and to control its size.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Leucadendron discolor 'Pom Pom'.
 
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