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Casuarina cristata - Miq.

Common Name Belah
Family Casuarinaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Drier areas[157], usually on heavier soils and avoiding ridges[156].
Range Australia - New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Casuarina cristata Belah


R.A. Howard @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Casuarina cristata Belah
R.A. Howard @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Casuarina cristata is an evergreen Tree growing to 12 m (39ft 4in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

C. lepidophylla.

Habitats

By South Wall;  By West Wall;  Canopy;  Secondary;  Walls;  Woodland Garden.

Drier areas[157], usually on heavier soils and avoiding ridges[156].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Fuel;  Tannin;  Wood.

The bark is rich in tannin[229]. Wood - very hard, not durable, takes a good polish. Mainly used for furniture and fencing, it is also a good fuel[156, 229].

Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained moisture-retentive soil in full sun[200]. A report for Australian gardens says that it prefers growing in dry areas but also thrives in very wet soils[157]. Fast growing[157]. This plant tolerates temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] although this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder wetter winters. It might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country[200]. The plant produces suckers from the roots and often forms dense groves[229]. Unlike most members of this genus, this plant does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter to early summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed[138]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[157, 200].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Miq.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   Mon Mar 11 07:13:33 2002

The Casuarina cristata is found in central Australian, it is important to this environment because it stops fires. The reason for this is beacuse of its low litter accumulation. Therefore it is important not a noxious weed.

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