Beefwood

Casuarina cunninghamiana

Cunningham's Beefwood, Creek-Oak, Fire-Oak, River She-Oak, River-Oak

profile iconCasuarina cunninghamiana growing next to the Wollundry Lagoon (3)
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Casuarina cunninghamiana tree
profile iconCasuarina cunninghamiana growing next to the Wollundry Lagoon (3)
by Bidgee (CC BY-SA 2.5 au)
1 of 5
Beefwoods are widely used effectively as a screening plant in windy sites and is also suited to coastal areas, used for wind breaks or dune stabilization. It has been introduced into several countries for the purpose of agroforestry and is used in the South African fruit industry as a wind break surrounding orchards. It produces a chemical limiting any growth underneath. The needles can thus be used as mulch in areas where weeds need to be suppressed!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse. Cover the seeds lightly, prick out when large enough to handle, keep in pots for the first year, then plant out in final position.

Special features

Hedge plant

Makes a good screening plant and can be cut to a tall hedge or left as windbreak.

Special features

Origin

Australia, from Daly River in the Northern Territory, north and east in Queensland and eastern New South Wales.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Casuarinaceae

Flower colour

Red, Brown

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free
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