H.oleifolia.JPG (35032 bytes)Hakea oleifolia: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is a native of Western Australia. Its common name is Olive-leaved Hakea.
Hakea oleifolia develops into a tall shrub or small tree. The leaves are oblong lanceolate, leathery, crowded, light green and end in a small point. Some leaves have irregular teeth.
Flowers are white, scented and carried in dense clusters at the base of the each leaf. Flowering occurs in spring and is usually profuse.
Persistent woody fruits follow the flowers and are egg-shaped with a small conical horn near the tip. Each fruit contains two winged seeds.
Hakea oleifolia is a handsome plant with upright growth habit. The species has great potential as a hedging plant.
We have a specimen in one of our gardens that has proved to be hardy, fast growing and free flowering. Personally we couldn’t ask more of a native plant. We intend to plant more specimens.
Hakea oleifolia was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1794 and is now grown in the USA.
Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings.