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provincial plants + landscapes

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Allocasuarina cunninghamiana

river she-oak

A medium to large sized tree growing to 35m and spreading 10m. It has dense furrowed grey-brown bark and drooping grey-green needle-like foliage.
originNSW, ACT, Qld.
cultural notesNaturally occuring along fresh watercourses and moist swampy areas. This species prefers a sunny position in well drained to damp soil and accepts temporary innundation.
toleratesTolerant of frost, drought, damp soils and temporary innundation.
flowering seasonAutumn.
flower colourThe male and female flowers occur on different plants (dioecious). Male flowers are rusty red cylindrical flower spikes at the end of the branchlets. Female flowers are small red and oval in shape. Small fruiting cones are produced on the female plants.
foliage colourThe foliage is made up of grey-green needle like branchlets. The true leaves are reduced to tiny teeth-like scales at regular intervals along the branchlets.
widthup to 10m
heightup to 35m
plant spacing300cm apart
recommended usesA handsome tree for large gardens, parks and as a street tree. This species is allelopathic (suppresses growth beneath it).

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