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 street planting, 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.

Family:Casuarinaceae
Scientific Name:Allocasuarina torulosa
Common Name:She-oak
Other Common Names:Forest She-oak, Rose She-oak
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:3 ~ 8 metres
Width:2 ~ 10 metres
Flower Colour:Red, Brown
Flowering Time:Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Open foliage, Weeping
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, 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.