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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.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Leucadendron 'Ebony' PP23,258.