This Hakea Laurina tree grows in my driveway. Its distinctive bright red spherical flowers and the abundance of gumnuts are so attractive. It was destined to be a painting.
Hakeas are in the Proteaceae family, along with Banksias, Grevilleas, Waratahs and Dryandras. Its leaves look a little like those of a wattle or a gum tree. It’s also called the Pincushion Hakea due to the appearance of the flowers which are plenty, attracting birds, bees and other insects. This gorgeous plant begins flowering in winter and carries through until spring.