PROTEA Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'

Hardy to about -6°C in ideal conditions.This variety has a medium sized bract (flower) which is brilliant red and provides a colourful winter or spring display
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Narrowly oblong leaves to 9cm (3½in) long.
  • Red
    Brilliant purple-red bracts fading to golden yellow
  • Yellow
    Yellow-green flower heads
  • Height
    To 2.5m (8ft)
  • Spread
    1.8m (6ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Vigorous, erect, freely branching shrub. The ovate flower cones, 4cm (1½in) across are surrounded by light red bracts 10-20cm (4-8in) long
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
    In very well-drained soil and a sheltered site
  • Will grow outside in milder locations
    This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
    In warm, dry areas
  • Full sun

PROTEA Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'



  • Additional Features
    Exotic plants
    Good to know
    L. laureolum x L. salignus. Large showy bracts. Grow in a courtyard garden or against a sunny wall in warm dry areas.Excellent as cut flower because of long vase life.
    Pests & Diseases
    Red spider mites under glass
    Place of origin
    Hybrid cultivar developed in New Zealand. 1960s. Ian Bell
    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
    See Protea - Care Guide link above
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Neutral to acid soil
    Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
    Poor soil preferred
to 2.5m (8ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.8m (6ft)

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