Swamp She-Oak

Tree to 10 Metres


Round / Conical Habit with slightly pendulous branches.
Silver-Green pine needle-like leaves. Red Female flowers in Winter / Spring and Yellow Male flowers in Autumn / Winter

Natural Habitat: Tidal Wetlands

Aspect: Full Sun / Semi-Shade

Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Wet

Special Features:
• Male and Female flowers on separate plants
• Seeds attract Black Cockatoos
• Tolerates drier sites
• Fire Resistant Plant
• Fallen needles form plant excluding mulch
• Aboriginal Food and Tool Source
• Early Settlers used timber for fence rails

Garden Styles:

  • Gardening for Biodiversity
  • Birds and Butterflies
  • Bush Food Garden

Extra information:

Australian National Botanic garden – Aboriginal Plant Use Trail

Casuarina and Allocasuarina spp. (She-oaks)

The hard wood of she-oak was much used for making boomerangs, shields and clubs. In Wyrie Swamp, South Australia, archaeologists found a boomerang 10,000 years old, made from she-oak wood. Young shoots were chewed to allay thirst, and young cones were also eaten.