With an attractive weeping habit, Allocasuarina littoralis, commonly called the Black She-oak is a useful landscaping tree.
Best described as having a natural upright habit, the mature bark is very dark, fissured and gives a textural appearance.
This is a fast growing tree which makes it valuable in a range of landscaping projects. It is also a species that fixes nitrogen into the soil.
With a natural habitat from the east coast of Tasmania and along coastal ranges areas from Victoria to Queensland this is a very adaptable and easy Allocasuarina species.
Very easy care once established as long as drainage is good. It is moderately drought tolerant, and will cope with frosts.
Excellent as a windbreak tree, it attracts native birds to the garden and the trunk with its deep fissured bark is also suited to growing some epiphytic orchids.
Easy from seed.
- Botanical Name – Allocasuarina littoralis
- Common Name – Black She-oak
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Well drained
- Height – To round 12 metres in height.
- Spread – To around 4 metres
- Flowers – Male trees have attractive red flowers, female trees have smallish cones.
- Flowering Time – Autumn
- Growth Rate – Dependant on soil and climate, from medium to fast.
- Drought tolerant – Moderate
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Salt tolerant – No