Sweet Hakea

Hakea suaveolens

Hakea suaveolens (Sweet Hakea) - full view

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Hakea suaveolens (Sweet Hakea) - leaves

Foliage detail

Hakea suaveolens (Sweet Hakea) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 10-20'; Spread: 10-20'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; upright, rounded, dense form.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, stiff, needle-like leaves with sharp points, up to 4" long.

  • Flower:

    Fragrant, small, white flowers in racemes. Winter.

  • Fruit:

    Persistent, 1", round, woody capsule.

  • Bark:

    Smooth; green when young, brown when mature.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning to train a good shape. Regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil (as long as it drains), coastal conditions, medium winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Susceptible to root rot in moist, heavy soils. Does well in coastal conditions. Sharp points at end of leaves. Hardy tree.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Fragrant flowers.