Casuarina equisetifolia

Coast Sheoak, Beach Sheoak, Horsetail Sheoak

A Sheoak native to the coastal sands of the north and east of Australia.

Features: Tolerance for coastal conditions, poor soils and exposed sites. Hardy. Pendulous branchlets.
Applications: Coastal plantings. Regenerative sites. Native landscapes. Screening.
Description A small to medium-sized tree occuring naturally in challenging coastal regions adjacent to beaches and estuaries. Its tolerance of drought, exposed sites, sandy soils and salty conditions makes it a robust tree for coastal plantings and useful for regenerative sites. Its growth habit can be various - occasionally upright with a dense and narrow crown but more often with a shorter trunk and an open and spreading canopy. Casuarina equisetifolia has long and weeping branchlets (or needles). Use for harsh coastal sites, poor soils and sands where drought tolerance and hardiness are considerations. Responds well to structural pruning.
Availability: Torbay : In production
Mature height: 8-16
Mature spread: 5-12
Canopy: Various - narrow crown or open, spreading. Moderate shade.
Growth rate: Fast in suitable conditions
Cautions: Light leaf/needle litter. Fallen litter can impede other plant growth.
Tolerances: Salt and coastal conditions. Poor soils. Drought tolerant. Urban conditions.
Sun demands: Full sun to part shade
Soil demands: Any well-drained soils - slightly acidic to very alkaline
Water demands: Low
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Native or Exotic: Native
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Casuarinaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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