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Gardening with
Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use Identification & Control
of Common Weeds

Botanical Name:Hakea decurrens ssp. physocarpa 
Common Name:Bushy Needlewood 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist
2-5 m x 1-3 m
Foliage:Leaves stiff and needle-like, grooved below and widely spreading from stem, 1-5-8 cm x 0.7-1.6 mm, longer close to flowers.
Flowers:Cluster of 3-6 hairy, fragrant white (sometimes pink) flowers in leaf axils. Fruit - prominent, rough with a double-pointed beak, 1-2.5 cm wide, May-September

Pruning beneficial, bird habitat.  Open to dense erect prickly shrub with fine silky hairs, especially on young branchlets.  Nectar for butterflies.

Habitat plant providing protection to birds. Prickly nature can control traffic movement. Flowers displayed well. Tough plant for most positions.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council 
  3. iNaturalist 
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 

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