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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 typically grows to 6 to 8 feet tall by 6 wide but we have been told of plants even stretching taller in some conditions. It has lustrous blackish-purple foliage and burgundy red bracts surrounding the yellow female flowers from early to midwinter on 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. Though a bit slow growing, with its dark foliage it has proven to be a dramatic looking specimen plant in the garden or in a large container, and also be good 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 amazing 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 where one of the best specimens we have seen is happily growing.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Leucadendron 'Ebony' PP23,258.