Australian Pine (Casuarina equisetifolia)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 40 - 100 feet
Plant Spread: 20 - 40 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Shade Tree
Useful for timber production
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Location: Bramston Beach, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2014-05-19The sheoak of sea shores and frontal dunes.
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Location: Bramston Beach, Queensland, AustraliaDate: 2014-05-19
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Date: 2014-01-25Credit Brandon Trentler
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Date: 2014-10-05Credit Brandon Trentler
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Location: Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
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Posted by dyzzypyxxy (Sarasota, Fl) on Aug 28, 2014 12:05 PM

Class 1 Prohibited invasive species in Florida. Another import from Australia, it is spread widely by seeds devoured by hordes of birds in season. The (also non-native) European Starlings feed in huge flocks on stands of Australian pine. The dense root system and thick carpet of shed needles smother all other plants in its vicinity.

It is also a weak tree, because of its shallow root system. It is easily blown down in high winds, and roads are often blocked and power lines taken down by these huge trees after tropical storms. If you have any on your property, take them down, especially if they are within range of any buildings. They make excellent firewood.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Pine tree ID? by NCRAS Jun 20, 2019 10:46 AM 4
Please help me identify this tree by PlantTanzania Aug 12, 2018 12:32 PM 2
Tree ID by turandot Aug 21, 2017 7:01 PM 6
Horsetail She Oak (Casuarina equisetifolia) by bamira Jun 14, 2015 12:57 PM 1
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Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130

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