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Products > Leucadendron 'Ebony' PP23,258
Leucadendron 'Ebony' PP23,258 - Ebony Conebush

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Habit and Cultural Information
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
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Leucadendron 'Ebony' PP23,258 (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'. This great new plant came to us in 2012 from Obra Verde Growers through the Ball Ornamentals Program. Image on this page taken at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Leucadendron 'Ebony' PP23,258.