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Hakea salicifolia – willow-leafed hakea

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Four seasons of interest are yours with this native hakea - burnt orange new leaf colour, intriguing woody seedpods on rust-red bark (great for flower arranging), dense bushy branches, that shelter native birds; and in winter when you most need colour in the garden, curly white flowers all along the stems. It's a resilient and adaptable species that grows happily in most free-draining soils; and climates from light frost to subtropical.

Fun Fact: Hakeas are named in honour of the impressively-monikered Baron Christian Ludwig von Hake, Hanoverian botany patron.

bush images: Forest & Kim Starr cropped to size.

We love willow-leafed hakea for the winter colour, unusual curly flowers, adaptability to different climates

Hakea salicifolia - willow-leafed hakea, kodjet

APPEARANCE: Fast-growing native large shrub or small tree found from the Gold Coast QLD right round the coast of NSW. Long green slender leaves like a eucalyptus, on weeping stems; burnt-orange new leaf growth; and abundant white curly flowers tucked between each leaf close to the stem, during late winter and spring. This used to be known as Hakea saligna.
USE FOR : Feature tree, street tree, suburban gardens, informal hedging, native gardens, to attract beneficial pollinators. Shallow roots, so can be planted close to buildings.
PLANTING:  For best flowering, plant in full sun, which will also encourage denser growth. Thrives in most kinds of free draining soil. Site out of strong winds. Tolerates light frost and drought once established; soft growth may be affected but the roots will be unharmed.
CARE: Water regularly until established. Mulch plants to retain moisture in the soil. Feed with a slow release native fertiliser during spring - Hakea species can be phosphorus-sensitive so the P ratio of the fertiliser needs to be under 3%. Stake young trees in areas exposed to wind. If you are growing this as a shrub, an annual prune encourages denser growth
HEIGHT & WIDTH :  5m H x 4m W.
YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide. You can see an example in the image gallery.
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