Leucadendron 'Ebony'

Leucadendron ‘Ebony’

This dark red, almost black leaved shrub typically grows to 6 to 8 feet tall by 6 wide. The leaves are covered in fine silver hairs and stems are a reddish/purple. The terminal red bracts surround the yellow female flowers from early to midwinter into summer.  This cultivar is a sport of ‘Safari Sunset’, itself a hybrid between Leucadendron laureolum and L. salignum. It should tolerate a mild frost. It is slower growing than most Leucadendrons because of  its dark foliage.

Pronunciation: lew-kuh-DEN-dron law-re-OH-lum x sal-LIG-num

Species Meaning: laureolum: small laurel crown x salignum: like Salix (Willow genus name, meaning to spring or leap), referring to the willow-like leaves

Leucadendron Leucadendron laureolum x L. salignum is native to South Africa.

Cultivation Notes

Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently once established.

Additional Information

It was discovered in 2007 by John Francis in a cultivated cut flower field of Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’ in Waimauku, northwest of Auckland, New Zealand. It received its US Plant Patent 23,258 in December 2012. In its patent application it was noted that it differed from the parent plant by having purple-black colored leaves and bracts instead of green leaves and red bracts such as are found on ‘Safari Sunset’.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P20012

Found in Compost Heap,

It was plant at the intersection of the main pathway and Tuxedo lane by the Portal but struggled. During the winter of 2022, it scummed to the 22F temps. Clearly zone 9b at best.

We acquired this plant from Waltzing Matilija.

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Leucadendron

Species: Leucadendron laureolum x L. salignum

Variety: Ebony

Commonly known as: Conebush

Height: 5ft to 10ft

Spread: 5ft to 10ft

Water Needs:
Summer - Low Water
Winter - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn9b - down to 25F
  • Robandsuzey@gmail.com

    Hi I’m trying to find the plant Leucadendron ‘Ebony’ to purchase, do you have this available or know were I could buy one?

    1. gardener

      It has been a long time since I saw anyone offering Ebony. Mine died last year, but my observation had been that it is very slow growing. That means that few nurseries would be interested in carrying it because of the long time it would take to get to a saleable size. The one I got was through the Ruth Bancroft Garden in the California Bay Area.

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