Hakea decurrens|Bushy Needlewood

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Open to dense erect prickly shrub with fine silky hairs, especially on young branchlets.
Size (W x H)
0.8-4m x 1-3m
Leaves stiff and needle-like, grooved below and widely spreading from stem, 1-5-8cm x 0.7-1.6mm, longer close to flowers.
Cluster of 3-6 hairy, fragrant flowers in leaf axils. Fruit - prominent, rough with a double-pointed beak, 1-2.5cm wide.
Flower colour
White or occasionally pink
Flower time
May to September
Growing conditions
Moist to dry clay soils in open forests of foothills. Frost tolerant. Full sun to semi shade.
Commonly used for
Habitat plant providing protection to birds. Prickly nature can control traffic movement. Flowers displayed well. Tough plant for most positions.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory