Sweet hakea

Sweet hakea

Hakea drupacea

Common Name:

Sweet hakea

Scientific Name:

Hakea drupacea

Alternative common names:


A rounded shrub or tree up to 6m. Young growth is sparsely hairy. Dark green to grey-green smooth leaves divided into upright, sharp-pointed needles. Cream fragrant flowers from June to September. Woody fruit capsules containing a single winged seed, are yellowish-brown with dark warts.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

South West Australia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

CARA 2002 - Category 1 Category 1b

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Western and Eastern Cape

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and replaces indigenous species. Dense stands are a fire hazard and threat to the survival of indigenous animal and plants in the Cape fynbos.

What does it look like?

Leaves:Dark green to grey-green smooth sharp-pointed needle-like leaves.
Flower:Cream fragrant flowers from June to September.
Fruit/seeds:Woody fruit capsules, containing one winged seed.

Does the plant have any uses?

Shelter, dune reclamation and ornamental.

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