Hakea macreana: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is a rounded plant that will develop into a tall shrub or small tree.
Hakea macreana has bright green, soft, terete (circular cross-section) leaves tipped with a sharp point.
White flowers are carried at the base of the leaves. Flowers are followed by persistent, egg-shaped, woody fruits that are covered with warty lumps. The fruits contain two winged seeds.
Hakea macreana has attractive growth habit and foliage. Between August and October branches become covered with the white blooms.
Hakea macreana is confined to the south coast and southern tablelands of New South Wales. The species is rare in nature.
Hakea macreana and Hakea ochroptera are similar species. The latter species was once included in Hakea macreana. Botanically there are some differences. Hakea macreana has blackish brown, seeds whilst Hakea ochroptera has light brown to off-white seeds. There are also differences in the hairiness of the perianths of the flowers.
We feel that horticulturally both species are identical. Visually they have the same growth habit, foliage, flowers and fruit.
Both species could be cultivated as “stand alone” specimens or screening plants.
Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings.