Hakea laurina: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Pincushion Hakea. The species is a native of Western Australia.
Hakea laurina may reach a height of six metres. An eight year old specimen at Yallaroo has reached a height of 2.5 metres.
The leaves are leathery, narrow-elliptical in shape and up to 15 centimetres long. Leaf venation is prominent.
Dense, globular flower heads appear in late autumn and early winter. The colourful blooms are red with protruding white styles. Honeyeaters are attracted to the flowers. The blooms are followed by grey, egg-shaped fruits that contain two winged seeds.
Hakea laurina is probably the best known Hakea and is widely cultivated in both gardens and as a street tree in many parts of Australia. The species was first grown in Europe in 1830 and is now cultivated in the French Riviera. The Pincushion Hakea is also grown in the USA.
There is a form that has pendulous branches.
We have a number of specimens growing in our gardens at Yallaroo and they have proved to be drought and frost hardy. These plants flowered for the first time in autumn 2008.
Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings.