The stunning new variety ‘Spring Blaze’, from Ausflora Pacific, has gorgeous soft green foliage with a pink blush, and as the cones start to develop during autumn, the foliage becomes a vanilla colour and the small cone is surrounded by a ring of pink. During spring, 'Spring Blaze' puts on its finest show, developing a large burgundy cone surrounded by red and green foliage.
Leucadendron 'Spring Blaze' grows to 1.5 m tall and 1.5 m wide and is very attractive when grown en mass or as a feature plant. Like other leucadendrons, 'Spring Blaze' prefers a slightly acidic, free draining soil and is drought hardy once established (water regularly during the first 12 months while the root system establishes). Leucadendrons are quite frost resistant (down to – 5˚C) and respond well to a yearly mid spring prune, which helps maintain their size and shape.
When planting a new leucadendron, mix some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil in the bottom of the planting hole. It's a composted and pelletised blend of chicken manure, blood and bone, fishmeal and seaweed and will help improve the quality and structure of the soil. Leucadendrons, being a member of the Proteaceae plant family (which also includes Australian native plants like grevilleas, banksias and waratahs), can be sensitive to the nutrient phosphorus in some fertilisers. Yates Dynamic Lifter contains gentle, slow release nutrients and is safe to use on Australian native plants and leucadendrons. To promote healthy growth, sprinkle pellets around the root zone every spring and autumn and water in well.
Leucadendron 'Spring Blaze' (Images courtesy of Linda Sijpkes)
You can bring the beauty of your home grown leucadendrons inside by creating a gorgeous and long lasting cut flower display.
Judith Browne from Sydney Flower School shares her tips on how to get the best out of your cut leucadendrons: