Needlebush (prickly hakea)
|Botanical Name||Hakea sericea|
|Origin||E. Australia, Tasmania|
DescriptionLarge, prickly, spreading shrub or small tree. Shoots densely hairy, older plant without hair. Leaves circular in cross section. Large seed capsule beaked and woody with a seed winged on one margin. Flowers Jun-Nov. Can be confused with downy hakea - note the downy hakea plant is covered in hair.
Where is it found?Scrub, open hillside.
Why is it a problem?Grows densely, spreads quickly in shrub covered hillsides. Nuisance value in areas of visitor usage.
How does it spread?Spreads very quickly. Now rarely used for hedging. A vigorous fire adapted species which proliferates after fire.
How do I get rid of it?
Ringbark or chainsaw larger trees. Hand pull young plants.
|Recommended Approach||Hand pull young plants, chainsaw or ringbark larger trees. Follow-up will be required to remove seedlings if they are not shaded out by larger trees.|