Australian Native Plants

  Hakea drupacea (Sweet Hakea)

Hakea drupacea photo
Hakea drupacea (cultivated), Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

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Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Hakea drupacea in Australia

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Common Name
Sweet Hakea

Other Names
Sweet-scented Hakea, Hakea suaveolens

The Sweet-scented Hakea is a rounded shrub with bright green lobed leaves with sharp points. The sweetly scented flowers are white and produced in profuse clusters. The main flowering is in the cooler months between April and July, with intermittent flowering at other times. Plants take several years to flower, so you may not see flowers for at least six or seven years. The woody fruits are egg-shaped and shiny brown, tapering to a small beak. Hakea drupacea is a weedy species in South Africa where it was introduced in the 19th century.

The Sweet-scented Hakea is found in the south-west corner of Western Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 3 - 4
Spread (m): 3 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: sensitive / moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: autumn, winter

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
attracts insect and nectar eating birds. Good refuge for birds.

Common Name:Sweet Hakea

Relatives in same Genus
  Hakea archaeoides
  Hakea bakeriana
  Hakea bucculenta
  Hakea decurrens
  Hakea myrtoides
  Hakea oleifolia
  Hakea petiolaris
  Hakea plurinervia
  Hakea scoparia
  Hakea teretifolia