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Water Wise Plants

Leucadendron 'Rising Sun'

Pronunciation
lew-kuh-DEN-dron
Common Name
Rising Sun Conebush
Plant Type
Shrub
Mature Size
6 ft. to 8 ft. tall and wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
Red
Wildlife
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Leucadendron 'Rising Sun', a South African native, has beautiful reddish stems and terminal bracts (colorful flower-like leaves toward the end of a stem). In our water-wise garden 'Rising Sun' is a garden focal point during the winter.

We like the cultivar 'Rising Sun' because of its subtle coloring. From a design perspective, the brash colors of the some Leucadendron cultivars can be hard to incorporate into a garden.

Some Leucadendron can be frost tender but we have not had any problems with frost damage in the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden.

This Leucadendron has stayed small, so we have not had to prune it. The Leucadendron in our demonstration garden may have stayed small because the plant is on top of a gravel mound and receives limited water.

We recently removed Rising Sun from the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden because it had a bizarre twisting way of growing that we did not find attractive.

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