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Casuarina verticillata - Lam.

Common Name Drooping she-oak
Family Casuarinaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Calcareous sands by the coast, inland on poor rocky soils and on sand overlying clay[167].
Range Australia - New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Casuarina verticillata Drooping she-oak


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Casuarina verticillata is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan. 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). The plant is not self-fertile.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

C. stricta. Ait. Allocasuarina verticillata.

Habitats

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

Calcareous sands by the coast, inland on poor rocky soils and on sand overlying clay[167].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wood.

Wood - tough[146, 156].

Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained moisture-retentive soil in full sun[200]. Often found in poor dry soils in the wild[167]. Succeeds in most soils and aspects in Australian gardens. Tolerates salt spray and maritime exposure. 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 should succeed outdoors in the mildest maritime areas of this country. 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].

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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Casuarina glaucaSwamp Oak, Gray sheoak10
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