|Botanical Name||Hakea salicifolia|
DescriptionLarge erect shrub or tree, without hair except for silky hairs on very young shoots and leaves. Not prickly. Leaves flattened and elliptic (rounded at both ends, widest in the middle) to 110 mm long. Capsule woody with beak to 16 mm long, seed winged down one side. Flowers Aug-Nov. Can be distinguished from downy hakea and needlebush (prickly hakea) as it is flat-leaved and not prickly. Could be confused with phyllode bearing wattles e.g. Sydney gold wattle ( Racosperma longifolia).
Where is it found?Open hillside, hedges and wind breaks.
Why is it a problem?Forms extensive stands in shrublands, displacing native vegetation.
How does it spread?Was introduced for edges and windbreaks. Seed wind dispersed. Noxious weed. Spreads after fire.
How do I get rid of it?
Ringbark or chainsaw larger trees. Hand pull young plants.
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.