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Allocasuarina littoralis|Black Sheoak

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Upright dark green tree with fissured bark. Trees are male or female.
Size (W x H)
5-12m x 2-6m
Leaves are reduced to rings of teeth along fine branchlets. Furrows along branchlets downy. 6-8 erect teeth, not overlapping.
Dark brown male flower spikes 5-50mm long at end of branchlets; female flowers stalkless, along side branches. Fruit cones to 3cm, flattened on top.
Flower colour
Male - dark brown Female - red
Flower time
March to June
Growing conditions
Well drained clay and rocky soils of open forests and woodlands within the Shire. Light frosts. Full sun, semi shade.
Commonly used for
Windbreaks. Male plants are attractive in flower, fruit of female plants attract larger parrots and cockatoos. Trunks are excellent to hang epiphytic orchids.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory