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Leucadendron 'Pisa'

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: Cream
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (Leucadendron floridum hybrid)
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Leucadendron 'Pisa' - This is a vigorous grower becomes a dense, evergreen erect shrub to 8 feet tall with silvery gray-green leaves that twist along the length of the leaf, a characteristic that can help to identify this cultivar when out of bloom. The "flowers" consist of lime-sulfur bracts surrounding a large silver female cone in late spring and early summer on stems to 3 feet long.

Plant in full sun, in well-drained soil and avoid over fertilizing - don't use fertilizer with phosphorus. Water moderately to occasionally. This plant takes seaside conditions and is frost hardy (down to approximately 20 degrees F). Prune after flowering to promote new growth and a denser habit.

The name Pisa comes from the leaning Tower of Pisa and alludes to this plant's habit of leaning in the wind. It is a Leucadendron floridum hybrid that originated in the 1976 from seed imported into New Zealand by Geoff Jewell. It was introduced into the trade by Duncan & Davies Nursery of New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1978 and we grew it at our nursery from 1992 until 2020. 

This information about Leucadendron 'Pisa' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.