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Leucadendron argenteum

   (Family: Proteaceae)
   
Afrikaans: witteboom, silwerboom English: silver tree  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 7 - 10m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Rare
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 100 - 200m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
pH: acid
Biome: Fynbos
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Yellow
 
Orange
 
  Flower scent EDIT
  sweetly scented
  Polinator
  bees and beetles
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf texture Hairy
 
 
Leaf size 150 - 20mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  The leaves are silver-grey, covered on both surfaces with thousands of tiny, soft, silvery hairs and fringed with long white hairs. The characteristic silver sheen of the leaves is caused by the hairs
 
 
Fruit type EDIT
Sow seeds in Autumn
 
  Seed size Length: 10mm   Width: 8.5mm
  Seed info EDIT
  Short cuttings from the tip of the branches can be made in autumn.
 
 
Description EDIT
eucadendron argenteum is an erect, well-proportioned, ornamental tree, 7 - 10 m tall, with a stout trunk and thick, grey bark. The upright branches are covered with large lance-shaped leaves, up to 150 x 20 mm, which overlap each other up the stem, concealing the thick branches. The leaves are silver-grey, covered on both surfaces with thousands of tiny, soft, silvery hairs and fringed with long white hairs. The characteristic silver sheen of the leaves is caused by the hairs. The intensity of the sheen varies with the weather. They are at their most silver in hot, dry weather, when the hairs lie flat to protect the leaves from drying out. In wet weather they are not quite as dazzling, as the hairs stand more erect to allow for free air circulation.
Growing EDIT
Trees can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. The best time to sow seed is in autumn, the start of the rainy season in the Cape. Sow fresh seeds in open seedbeds or trays filled with a well-drained medium and place in a sunny position. Broadcast the seed evenly, firm down and cover with clean sand or milled bark to the depth of approximately 10 mm. Keep the soil moist. Germination takes about 3 to 6 weeks. Seedlings are ready to transplant into individual containers when the first pair of true leaves appear. Use a medium with good drainage, water thoroughly and place in a well ventilated, sunny position to grow on. The young seedlings grow fast and should be ready to be planted out after a year.
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