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Common Name: Drooping She Oak
Casuarina verticillata is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 10.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Australia - New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria.
Calcareous sands by the coast, inland on poor rocky soils and on sand overlying clay[
]. Also found in usually grassy woodland, forming pure stands or amongst eucalypts[
Requires a well-drained moisture-retentive soil in full sun[
]. Often found in poor dry soils in the wild[
]. 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[
] 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[
Wood - tough[
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[