Hakea macraeana
Hakea macraeana
Hakea macraeana
Hakea macraeana
Hakea macraeana
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Hakea macraeana

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Hakea macraeana, also known as the Willow Needlewood, is a rounded plant that matures into a tall shrub or small tree, potentially reaching heights of 10 metres and widths exceeding 5 metres. Its graceful and willowy growth habit adds an elegant touch to any landscape, although it typically does not possess a lignotuber.
This species is primarily found on the southern tablelands and south coast of New South Wales, extending south from Sussex Inlet to as far west as the Braidwood-Bombala line, and down to the Victorian border. In Victoria, it is critically endangered, with just one plant found in the north-east corner, believed to have washed down the Genoa River.
Hakea macraeana thrives in rocky sites within dry sclerophyll woodland and shrubland, usually on higher ground. Its bright green, terete leaves can grow up to 150 mm long and are only 1 mm wide, tapering to a sharp point. The inflorescences consist of clustered-raceme-like structures, with white flowers emerging in axillary clusters during the flowering period from August to October. Each flower is composed of a single carpel, 4 stamens, and a perianth with 4 tepals, giving it a unique appearance.
In cultivation, Hakea macraeana can be grown as attractive standalone specimens or hedge plants, provided they are in the right location. While it can suffer in overly wet periods, it thrives in sunny spots with well-drained soil. Propagation is typically done from seed, although cuttings may also be successful.
Soil: Well-drained.
Conditions: Full sun to part-shade.
Size: Potential height of 10 metres x width exceeding 5 metres.