Allocasuarina torulosa – Forest She-oak

The forest she-oak is a large, spreading tree with weeping needle-like leaves, which turn rusty red when flowering in winter. The fissured corky bark and small cone fruit are also decorative. This tree is useful for screening and for wind breaks, and the sound of the wind through the leaves is a delight. A terrific low maintenance plant, apart from some leaf litter, but this makes great weed deterring mulch. Fast growing, tolerates moderate frost, and suits most soil types. This tree used to be known as Casuarina stricta.

Note- the cone fruit can be a slip and trip hazard. This plant can have an extensive root system so should not be planted near drains, buildings etc

Family : Casuarinaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large tree
Width : 10
Flowering Time : Winter
Soil Type : Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Open foliage, Weeping
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Scientific Name: Allocasuarina torulosa
Common Name : She-oak
Height : 8
Flower Color : Red, Brown
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan :
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Seed eating birds