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PROTEA Leucadendron argenteum
Commonly known as Cape silver tree
Evergreen - leaves 10-15cm (4-6in) long, yellowish-green on males and greenish-silver on females.
Green - greenish white or silver
Height - 6-10m (20-33ft)
Spread - 2-4m (6½-13ft)
Tree - erect, pyramidal to columnar small tree. Smooth, grey bark with distinctive horizontal leaf scars. Produces spherical flowerheads to 4cm (1½in) across, yellowish green on male trees, greenish silver on female, surrounded by lustrous bracts to 2cm (¾in) long. The silvery cones persist for several years.
Heated greenhouse - warm temperate - Can be grown outside in summer. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 5°C (41°F)
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - red spider mites, under glass.
Place of origin - South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape)
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
Hardiness - Tender (greenhouse & conservatory)
Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving
Free draining sandy soil - light, gritty soil. Will not tolerate cold, wet soil.
Tree Shape - Broadly conical
Protea - Care Guide
Trees - Care Guide
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Checking ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5