Allocasuarina littoralis

Allocasuarina littoralis, commonly known as Black sheoak, is a tall and slender tree that is native to Australia. It is a popular choice for landscaping due to its unique and striking appearance. Black sheoak has needle-like leaves that give it a delicate and intricate texture, and it produces small, red-brown cones that add a pop of color to its foliage. Its tall and slender form makes it an ideal choice for creating a dramatic visual element in a landscape, while also providing shade and shelter for wildlife. Black sheoak is also drought-tolerant and low-maintenance, making it a practical and beautiful addition to any landscape.



Height: Up to 20 m

Width: Up to 6-8 m

Aspect: Prefers full sun and well-drained soils, but can tolerate a range of soil types and conditions, including coastal and sandy soils.

Flowers: Produces small, brownish-red, cylindrical flowers in spring to early summer.

Uses: Allocasuarina littoralis is a useful tree for ornamental landscaping due to its attractive, fine-textured foliage and distinctive bark. The tree is also commonly used for windbreaks and shelterbelts, particularly in coastal areas, and as a screening plant. The tree’s wood is used for general construction, furniture, and fuel. The tree provides habitat for native wildlife, particularly birds and insects, and is also used for erosion control and land rehabilitation. Allocasuarina littorals’ bark has been used for medicinal purposes by Indigenous Australians, who have used it to treat a range of ailments such as coughs and colds.


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