Hakea elliptica is a dense, rounded, erect shrub or small tree growing 2-4 m x 2-3m. The smaller branches are covered with densely matted reddish brown hairs near flowering. The dark green leaves are alternately arranged with an elliptic to broadly elliptic shape ending in a sharp point. Strongly scented white flowers from November to February. Grows in most well drained soils in full sun or part shade. Tolerant of dry periods, wind, coastal conditions and poor soils.