from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See Leucadendron. Also silver-boom.
- n. An Australian forest-tree, Tarrietia Argyrodendron.
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One of the most graceful is the curious silver-tree, so called from the whitish sheen of one side of its leaves, which grows abundantly on the slopes of Table Mountain, but is found hardly anywhere else in the Colony.
Behind it is the range which connects the hills of Simon's Bay with Table Mountain; its declivities are at this point covered with the graceful silver-tree, whose glistening foliage shines brighter than that of the European olive.
I was standing on deck, looking out for the first time in my life on that tremendous view -- the steep and massive bulk of Table Mountain, -- a mere lump of rock, dropped loose from the sky, with the long white town spread gleaming at its base, and the silver-tree plantations that cling to its lower slopes and merge by degrees into gardens and vineyards -- when a messenger from the shore came up to me tentatively.
A species of the silver-tree of the Cape (‘Leucodendron argenteum’) is found in abundance in the parts through which we have traveled since leaving Samoana’s.
"sugar-bush" (_Protea mellifera_), the most beautiful of its family, with its large cup-shaped corollas of pink, white, and green; and there, too, was the "silver-tree" (_Leucodendron argenteum_), whose soft silvery leaves playing in the breeze, looked like a huge mass of silken flowers; and there were the mimosas covered with blossoms of golden yellow that filled the air with their strong and agreeable perfume.
"silver-tree" whose soft silvery leaves playing in the breeze, looked like a huge mass of silken flowers; and there were the mimosas covered with blossoms of golden yellow that filled the air with their strong and agreeable perfume.