Winter brightener: Hakea ‘Burrendong Beauty’

I have already written about this striking low growing Hakea here  however I think this is one of the many very special native plants that deserves a second (and possibly third) plug 😉 This is Hakea myrtoides-x-petiolaris ‘Burrendong Beauty’ a wonderful hybrid low spreading shrub that loves to tangle itself up and create a dense prickly mess of low stems, perfect for small bird habitat.

It has pointy leaves that are quite spikey and the flowers bud along most of the stems, it enjoys a well drained soil in full sun to part shade and grows to around 1m high x 2 metres wide.

Hakea ‘Burrendong Beauty’ dislikes humidity, however this can be combatted fairly easily buy planting it in a raised bed or somewhere with good airflow around its base, a regular prune also can help and will ensure the shrub remains dense and don’t appear too straggly.

These images were taken in Canberra where the plants were thriving, therefore they are proving to be at least moderately frost tolerant.

If your Hakea ‘Burrendong Beauty’ does suffer from die back due to the humidity, prune back the affected stems and ensure that it is not comping with or smothered by neighbouring plants. Hopefully it will dry out and fresh regrowth will occur, it is worth a try growing on the NSW coast, Good Luck!

 

 

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