Plant of the Month: Hakea laurina

Our plant of the month for June is Hakea laurina (Pin Cushion Hakea). A tall shrub or small tree with leathery, green-bluish green leaves. Ball-like red/pink flowers are strikingly contrasted with creamy white styles and are produced from autumn to winter. Useful for screening, windbreaks and as a small native feature tree. The flowers attract nectar feeding birds. Tolerates moderate coastal exposure. 3-5 metres high x 2-4 metres wide. Full sun or part shade. Prune well after flowering to maintain compact growth.