Leucadendron argenteum (L.) R. Br.

Silver Tree Conebush, Cape Silver Tree, Silver Conetree, Silver Pine Tree, Silvercone, Silvery Protea

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Leucadendron

Size: To 30' tall

Growth Rate: Fast


Silky-haired, silver leaves, lance-shaped, to 6" long. The hairs are designed to prevent the leaves from drying out. They lie flat in hot dry weather but stand up in wet weather to allow better air circulation. Stout trunk, grey bark. Branches upright. Male and female flowers on separate plants (dioecious). Male flowers have bright silver bracts and yellow flower heads, female flowers less conspicuous.

See Protea Atlas Project, PlantzAfrica for photographs.


Published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 50 in 1810.

Native to the Cape of Good Hope.

Basionym is Protea argentea L.


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