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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
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  • 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 well-drained soil and a sheltered site
  • Heated greenhouse - warm temperate - Can be grown outside in summer. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 5°C (41°F) - under glass use 1 part ericaceous compost and 3 parts each of grit or perlite and peat substitute. Full light and low humidity
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Tender (greenhouse & conservatory)
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Oblong - 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 - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil -
  • Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - poor soil preferred
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to 2.5m (8ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.8m (6ft)
 

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