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Hakea lissosperma (Needle bush)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
6m
Max height
4m
Max spread
20-50 Years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Hakea lissosperma

Other names

Needle bush, Needle brush, Needlebush, Hakea sericea misapplied, Honeybush hakea, Duck and drake hakea

Genus

Hakea Hakea

Species

H. lissosperma - H. lissosperma is an erect, open to bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree with stiff, leathery, linear, sharp-pointed, grey-green leaves and racemes of small, fragrant, white to pale pink flowers from spring into summer. Flowers are followed by ovoid, dark brown seed pods.


Hakea lissosperma is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Needle-like leaves are aromatic

Habit

Ascending branches, Broadly columnar

Toxicity

Foliage may cause skin irritation.

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Phytophthora root diseases Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. May need restrictive pruning under glass.

Propagation

Sow seed at 16-18C as soon as ripe.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Hakea lissosperma (Needle bush) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 4m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

City, Coastal, Conservatory, Greenhouse, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, well drained, sandy, slightly acid soil in full sun. Tolerates partial shade. Under glass, grow in equal mix loam, peat substitute or leaf mould, and sharp sand in full light. In growth, water moderately and feed monthly. It is generally a low maintenance shrub that prefers a sunny position and can tolerate moderate frosts.

Soil type

Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Hakea lissosperma

Other names

Needle bush, Needle brush, Needlebush, Hakea sericea misapplied, Honeybush hakea, Duck and drake hakea

Genus

Hakea Hakea

Species

H. lissosperma - H. lissosperma is an erect, open to bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree with stiff, leathery, linear, sharp-pointed, grey-green leaves and racemes of small, fragrant, white to pale pink flowers from spring into summer. Flowers are followed by ovoid, dark brown seed pods.

Native to

Australia, Tasmania

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Needle-like leaves are aromatic

Habit

Ascending branches, Broadly columnar

Toxicity

Foliage may cause skin irritation.


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. May need restrictive pruning under glass.

Propagation

Sow seed at 16-18C as soon as ripe.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Hakea lissosperma (Needle bush) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 4m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

City, Coastal, Conservatory, Greenhouse, Mediterranean, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, well drained, sandy, slightly acid soil in full sun. Tolerates partial shade. Under glass, grow in equal mix loam, peat substitute or leaf mould, and sharp sand in full light. In growth, water moderately and feed monthly. It is generally a low maintenance shrub that prefers a sunny position and can tolerate moderate frosts.

Soil type

Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Hakea lissosperma (Needle bush)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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