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Safari Sunset Conebush*

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'

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Safari Sunset Conebush (Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Safari Sunset Conebush foliage

Safari Sunset Conebush foliage

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Safari Sunset Conebush (Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Safari Sunset Conebush

Safari Sunset Conebush

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

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

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Description:

This flowering shrub, in the Protea family, has amazing cream colored bracts tinged with red; both the leaves and the bracts glow with red tips; interesting, twisted stems are great for ikebana; avoid phosphorus fertilizers

Ornamental Features

Safari Sunset Conebush features showy creamy white daisy flowers with red overtones, yellow eyes and red tips at the ends of the branches in early spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive grayish green foliage edged in red. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Safari Sunset Conebush is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Safari Sunset Conebush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Safari Sunset Conebush will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Safari Sunset Conebush makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base 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

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
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