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Hakea petiolaris - Sea Urchin Hakea
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Western Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Cream & Pink
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Hakea petiolaris (Sea Urchin Hakea) - A fast growing upright evergreen shrub or small tree to 10 to 18 feet tall with reddish stems holding Eucalyptus-like 2 to 4 inch long by 1 to 2 inch wide broadly obovate leathery pale gray-green leaves. In fall through early spring appear the spherical clusters of many (120 to 200) small pink and cream colored flowers that are held on the stem branches or in their forks and followed by interesting tight clusters of small irregularly shaped woody fruit. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Once established this plant is quite drought tolerant and it tolerates coastal conditions and most any soil type so long as it drains well. Cold hardy without damage to around 25 F and able to survive with tip damage temperatures down to around 18 F. Prune young plants to make fuller. A tough and showy plant for use as a specimen, as a screening or windbreak planting, an informal hedge or trimmed up as a small tree. Its flowers are attractive to nectar feeding birds and are also nice in floral arrangements. Hakea petiolaris comes from the mediterranean climate region of south west Western Australia. The name for the genus honors Baron Christian Ludwig von Hake, a 18th and 19th century German patron of botany. The specific epithet is derived from the Latin word 'petiolus' meaning a "small, slender stalk", in reference to the long conspicuous leaf petiole. We thank Jo O'Connell at Australian Native Plant Nursery for supplying us with this attractive Australian plant.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Hakea petiolaris.