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

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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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.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Leucadendron discolor 'Pom Pom'.