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

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 Features:Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds

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Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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