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Common Name: She Oak
Casuarina littoralis is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 8.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Australia - Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania.
Sandy coastal heaths[
], especially on poor sandstone soils[
]. Widespread on heath and in open forests[
Requires a well-drained moisture-retentive soil in full sun[
]. This species is often found growing in poor dry soils in the wild[
]. Judging by the plants native habitat, it is likely to tolerate maritime exposure[
]. Plants occur as coarse shrubs when growing in maritime exposed situations[
This species is not very frost tolerant, but it might succeed outdoors in the milder maritime areas of the country[
Plants in this species are usually dioecious, both male and female plants will usually need to be grown if seed is required[
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[
The bark is rarely corky, in spite of its synonym (suberosa means corky)[
Wood - hard, durable. Used for veneer and joinery, it is also an excellent fuel[
Seed - sow late winter to early summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed[
]. 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, mid summer in a frame[