Allocasuarina littoralis – Black She-oak

A tough and fast growing medium sized tree, suitable for both coastal and inland areas. It has fine soft needles which make a lovely sighing noise in winds.  An excellent choice for roadside plantings and for parks and farms, very good for windbreaks and shelterbelts, and is nitrogen fixing. It is dioecious (male and female plants), males have showy red flowers in spring. It naturally occurs in eastern states from the very top of Queensland down to Tasmania. Tolerates frost down to -5, good for a wide range of soil types but does not like soggy soils.

Family:Casuarinaceae
Scientific Name:Allocasuarina littoralis
Common Name:She-oak
Plant Type:Large tree
Height:8 ~ 12 metres
Width:4 ~ 7 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.