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.

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



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants