Late in the season (September) the blooming of the female Leucadendron tinctum plant is done. The cone is now brown, appearing as if it has already curved back the woody bracts to release the seeds. Curvature of the leaves is much more gradual and graceful.
The leaves below the fruiting cone are paler than the normal leaves on the stems lower down. The pale cream leaf colouring has now been replaced in patches (and on the margins) by some pale purplish pink (Manning, 2007).