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Products > Leucadendron salignum 'Chief'
Leucadendron salignum 'Chief' - Chief Willow Cone Bush

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Leucadendron salignum 'Chief' - A large rapidly growing upright evergreen shrub to 6 to 10 feet or more tall by 6 to 8 feet wide with long narrow slightly hair reddish green leaves that are a particularly vibrant red in summer. In mid-winter appear clusters of the pink centered pale yellow bracts surrounding the small yellow male flower cone. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil with occasional to infrequent irrigation - definitely a "drought tolerant" plant once established. It is hardy to around 25F and perhaps a bit lower and is resistant to deer predation. As with others in the Proteaceae it is best to avoid using any Phosphorus fertilizer. Can be sheered and will rebound from its woody rootstock if cut hard. This plants large size and short stem length have kept it from being grown as a cut flower variety for the florist trade but it is a great large landscape plant. It can be used as a specimen, as a hedge or windbreak that is quite attractive in our out of bloom with long lasting winter flowers can certainly be cut and used by the home gardener. The species Leucadendron salignum is a widespread species found throughout much of South Africa. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'leukos' meaning "white" and 'dendron' meaning tree in reference to the silver white Silver Tree, Leucadendron argenteum. The specific epithet means like a Salix, the genus of the willow, in reference to this plants narrow willow-like leaves. Our plants from Dennis Perry of Protea USA.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and 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 that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Leucadendron salignum 'Chief'.