Native to Australia, Hakea tephrosperma, commonly known as Hooked Needlewood, is a large shrub or small tree that grows from 5 to 10 feet tall. It has narrow, spiny foliage and small, creamy-white to off-white flowers that bloom from spring to winter. In some cases, these flowers may also have a slight yellow or orange tinge. This fast-growing shrub enjoys full sun to semi-shade, and is an excellent choice for attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
When planting Hakea tephrosperma, it is essential to place them in an area that can accommodate their full size. They prefer free-draining soil and should be planted in a sunny spot in the garden. Be sure to keep them moist during the summer months and slightly drier in the winter. Hakea tephrosperma is hardy enough to withstand temperatures down to zone 9-11 on the USDA Hardiness Zone Map.
When planting in colder regions, container-growing is a great option. Containers provide some insulation against low temperatures and allow the roots to be easily protected during the cold months. Hakea tephrosperma should be planted in a container that is at least 18 inches deep, so as to give the roots enough room to grow properly. A good quality potting mix should be used, as this helps hold moisture and provides the necessary nutrients. Make sure to provide adequate drainage, as well as to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. If temperatures drop too low, the container can be brought indoors and given plenty of light. It is important to prevent the soil from completely drying out, and to water it whenever the top inch of soil starts to feel dry.
Hakea tephrosperma is not only attractive, but it is also an easy plant to care for. With the right conditions, it can add color and interest to your garden for many years to come.