Willow Leaved Hakea


General description

Large, erect shrub or small tree <5m high, not prickly. Leathery, flattened & willow-like leaves have either little or no stem. Up to 20 small white flowers (Aug-Nov) in each cluster (c.f. 10 for prickly or downy hakea). Woody oval fruits with curved beak release winged seeds. NB: Can be confused with some wattles.

Open hillsides, shrublands, hedges, windbreaks.

Seed dispersed by wind & colonises well after a fire. Also spreads from hedges & windbreaks.

Forms extensive stands in shrublands, displacing native vegetation.

Site management

Avoid fire at all times, implement fire protection strategy. Most sites can be left to regenerate to native spp. provided fire can be permanently avoided.

Recommended approaches

1. Leave for natural succession (10-30 years), which can be accelerated by felling plants in sites of dense native vegetation. Best in winter to maximise regeneration & minimise fire risk.
2. Pull out small plants.
3.In autumn, make 1 cut per 100mm stem diameter & fill each cut with 2g metsulfuron (dissolved in approx 50ml water).
4. Cut & stump paint autumn - winter (5g metsulfuron/1L or 200ml glyphosate/1L).
5. Spray small plants in autumn (5g metsulfuron+10ml penetrant/10L or 100ml glyphosate/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

acacia species
Acacia spp.

Acacia species have seed pods rather than woody oval fruits.

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RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
willow leaved hakea - Main species image