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Leucospermum 'Sunrise' - Early Salmon Pincushion
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Leucospermum 'Earlybird']
Parentage: (Leucospermum cordifolium x L. patersonii)
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Leucospermum 'Sunrise' (Early Salmon Pincushion) - Shrub to 5 to 6 feet with a profusion of medium-sized (about 4 inch) rich dark salmon-colored flowers early in the season from late winter to early spring, nearly a month earlier than typical Leucospermum cordifolium cultivars. This plant has shorter stem length than many of the cut flower pincushions but it makes up for this by its profusion of bloom early in the season and its durability and vigor in the garden. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Hardy to 25-27F. Responds well to pruning. The International Proteaceae Register & Checklist notes that this plant originated from the Fynbos Unit of the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute of South Africa where the cross between Leucospermum cordifolium and L. patersonii was made in 1975, the selection made in 1980 for a 1984 introduction and registration in 1992, though the name originally published in 1983 was 'Earlybird'.  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 Leucospermum 'Sunrise'.
 
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