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Casuarina torulosa - Aiton.

Common Name Forest Oak
Family Casuarinaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal eucalyptus forests and on moist fertile soils in hilly eucalyptus forests[167]. Experiences frost and snow in the south of its range[167].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Casuarina torulosa Forest Oak


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Casuarina torulosa Forest Oak
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Casuarina torulosa is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf all year. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). .
It can fix Nitrogen.
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

Allocasuarina torulosa.

Habitats

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

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Fuel;  Wood.

Wood - tough, durable. Used for veneer and joinery, it is also a very good fuel[156, 167].

Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained moisture-retentive soil in full sun[200]. Succeeds in most soils and aspects in Australian gardens[157]. 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 and wetter winters. It experiences frost and snow in parts of its native range and so some provenances should succeed outdoors at least in the mildest areas of the country[K]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil micro-organisms, these form nodules on the roots of the plants and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[157, 200]. A dioecious species, at least one male plant is required for every 5 - 6 females in order to produce seed[265].

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

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Allocasuarina littoralisBlack She Oak, Bull Oak, Wayetuck10
Casuarina cristataBelah00
Casuarina cunninghamianaRiver She-Oak00
Casuarina equisetifoliaShe Oak, Common Ru, Australian Pine, Horsetail Casuarina12
Casuarina glaucaSwamp Oak, Gray sheoak10
Casuarina littoralisShe Oak, Black she-oak00
Casuarina oligodonShe-oak, kilu00
Casuarina verticillataDrooping she-oak00

 

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