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Binomial Name: Allocasuarina distyla


Common Name: Scrub She-Oak




Leaves: Branchlets to 35cm long, modified, occassionally waxy


Stem/Trunk: Small tree, sparse upright habit


Flower: Spikes minutely pubsecent, red


Fruit: Cone


Flowering Period: Spring, Summer and Autumn


Height: 4 to 7 metres


Width: 2 metres


Habit: Soft shrub


Aspect: Full sun. WIll die in shade


Soil Type: Clay to sandy soils. Needs drainage. Does not tolertate boggy sites


Soil pH: 5.0 to 6.5


Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug


Mulch: Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness


Root System: Contained. Not invasive


Drought Tolerant: Once established


Frost Tolerant: Yes


Salt Wind Tolerant: Yes


Fire Response: Yes. Recovers from being burnt with cool ground fires


Host Requred: No


Fast Growing: Moderate


Gardens: Native gardens


Natural Occurrence: South western Australia


Known Plant Associations: Other native plants from South western Australia zones in full sun Chamelaucium, Eremophila, Rhodanthe, Banksia and other PROTEACE species


Known Fauna Associations: Nectar feeding birds


Other Information: Many cultural uses are ascribed to this plant species.



Allocasuarina distyla (Scrub She-Oak) grows up to 7 metres high in sandy soil and is important bird habitat. It prefers part shade to filtered light while young.

Allocasuarina distyla (Scrub She-Oak)

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