These 130-140 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees hail from Australia. They are grown for their ornamental, leathery foliage and their nectar-rich, unusual looking flowers that often attract birds. The woody fruit can often be decorative as well. Grow Hakea in a greenhouse or shrub border, as hedging, or as specimens.
CareProvide full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained, sandy, slightly acidic soil. Prune lightly as needed.
PropagationSow fresh seed indoors at 61-64°F, or take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
ProblemsMoist soil can cause problems with Phytophthora root rot.