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Leucadendron argenteum

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Silver Tree (Leucadendron argenteum) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Silver Tree

Silver Tree

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Silver Leaf Tree

Description:

This strikingly beautiful accent tree has soft, shimmering silver-gray foliage all along the branches; water regularily and protect from drying winds

Ornamental Features

Silver Tree has attractive grayish green-variegated silver foliage. The fuzzy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain silver throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Tree is a multi-stemmed evergreen tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Silver Tree will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America.

Silver Tree is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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