ALLOCASUARINA nana syn. Casuarina nana
Stock: 269 Available
Dwarf She Oak
Characteristics: Small dense shrub to 1.5 m
Seeds per packets: 20
An attractive small multi-stemmed, low spreading hrub that can be grown as a foreground plant in a native garden or an informal hedge.
Branchlets are very short, less than 8 cm long with the leaves reduced to whorls of teeth around the stem. Red flowers are followed by smooth fruit cones holding the seed around 22mm long and 12mm wide.
Endemic to New South Wales and Victoria.
Prefers a light to medium soil in an open sunny position. Drought and frost resistant and salt tolerant.
Note: Previously known as Casuarina nana before being renamed Allocasuarina nana.
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.
- Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix.
- Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed too deeply.
- Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
- Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
- Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
- Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right conditions.
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.