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Forest She Oak
Characteristics: Tree 10-20 m spread 5 m
Seeds per packet: 20
An attractive bonsai subject.
The Forest She Oak is a tree which grows with fine pendulous green foliage turning deep bronze in autumn and winter. Dark orange-brown tessellated corky bark.
Flowers on male plants are reddish brown on the ends of branches, while female flowers are red along the stems.
Native to New South Wales and Queensland.
Prefers a light to medium soil in a protected sunny position. Drought resistant but frost tender.
Note: Previously known as Casuarina torulosa before being renamed Allocasuarina torulosa.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 22-25°C for this species.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.