Stenocarpus salignus – Plant Profile
Stenocarpus salignus Red Silky Oak or ‘Beef Scrubwood’ is a slow growing tree that will reach 30m although often much smaller.
Stenocarpus salignus will grow to form a uniform rounded crown and has nice narrow glossy foliage, the tree is covered in small white flowers in summer that are attractive to birds.
Over time it will form a dense crown will provide shade in the garden and as long as the soil is well drained, yet with some good humus content this is a very easy care tree.
Grows well in full sun to part shade, Stenocarpus salignus prefers some moisture.
This is a species that is found in warmer climates,where its natural range is for New South Wales through to Queensland. In these warmer climates, growth rate is faster that in cooler areas.
- Botanical Name – Stenocarpus salignus
- Common Names – Scrub beefwood, Red Silky Oak
- Country of Origin – Australia – NSW- QLD coastal rainforest areas.
- Climate Zones – Warm Temperate, naturally growing in rainforest areas.
- Position – Full sun to light afternoon shade
- Soil – Tolerates a range of well drained soils.
- Height – To 30 metres generally much smaller in cultivation
- Spread – Spreading crown to 7 metres plus.
- Growth Rate – Medium to Slow
- Foliage – Glossy deep green.
- Flowers – White.
- Flowering Time – Summer
- Frost tolerant – Will tolerate light frosts only.
- Drought tolerant – Moderate.
- Root system – Regarded as non – invasive.
Not widely found in nurseries.