These cut flowers grow as showy trees and shrubs. There are more than 80 species of Leucadendrons, all with interesting characteristics. Some are stark and dramatic; others are slender stemmed and bushy. Some, like silver tree (L. argenteum), have “hairy” leaves.

The name “Leucadendron” comes from the Leucadendron - Safari SunsetGreek words “leukos” (white) and “Dendron” (tree), referring to the silvery colored foliage. As part of the Proteaceae family, relatives include Proteas, Banksias and Telopeas.

Leucadendrons are compositions of stiff, colorful terminal leaves (bracts) that surround cone like flowers. The flowers have most of the parts of conventional flowers reduced to small scales. If the cones are developed and visible, they are most likely female. The more inconspicuous flowers are usually male.

Leucadendrons originate from South Africa, along the south and southwestern coastal mountain ranges. Today, many are grown in the United States, particularly in California and Hawaii. The colorful bracts of Leucadendrons are available in red, burgundy and yellow.

Varieties that are more commonly found as cut flowers include ‘Safari Sunset,’ ‘Silvan Red,’ ‘Inca Gold,’ ‘Maui Sunset,’ ‘Katie’s Blush’ and ‘Pisa.’ Noted species include L. discolor (Piketberg cone bush), L. laureoleum (golden cone bush), L. salignum (common sunshine cone bush) and L. linifolium.

Leucadendrons are available all year from domestic, Dutch and Australian sources. There are periods when they are more plentiful, particularly the cooler seasons in the various regions where they are grown.

Leucadendrons will last 2-6 weeks depending on variety and/or whether one is measuring flower or foliage life. Water stress can severely reduce vase life so make sure you check the vase water level daily. This long lasting exotic green will add color and appeal to any flower arrangement.

Because of its earth tone coloration “Safari Sunset” is especially useful with fall arrangements. The plant is most colorful when harvested at a young stage. Older plants tend to produce yellowish-green foliage.

To dry Leucadendrons, stand them upright in a bucket or vase or hang them upside down. Avoid laying them down or piling them together, or an unnatural shape will occur. Store in a cool, dry location, and in about three weeks, the dried flowers will be ready for designing, without shedding any leaves or bracts. They usually dry with some color but may fade to tan hues.

Gold Strike

Gold Strike – Color: Yellow
Long, oblong yellow petals.
Red on tips of petals becomes more pronounced late in the season
Good substitute for Laureoleum.

Inca Gold

Inca Gold – Color: Yellow
Cream to medium yellow bloom, usually with slight red or pink on pointy tips.


Jester – Color: Bi Colour
One of an exciting new series of bicolour Leucadendrons!
Petals have green center surrounded by dark pink to red variegation. Variegation continues on foliage down stem.
Also known as “Katie’s Blush”

Safari Sunset

Safari Sunset

Safari Sunset – Color: Red
Medium to large single head. Medium to dark red petals.

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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4 Responses to Leucadendron

  1. Jordyn Hurt says:

    I have two sunset safari flowers that I kept from an arrangement made in early June. I put them in a vase with water and they are still alive and growing new flowers. Is there anything else I can do to help them flourish?


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