Casuarina equisetifolia/Australian Pine

Casuarina equisetifolia / Casuarina equisetifolia
Pine needle-like foliage
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Pine needle-like foliage

Specimen tree

Light, airy foliage

Close-up of foliage

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Scientific Name: Casuarina equisetifolia
Common Name: Australian Pine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: Male and female flowers are separate, but on same tree. This tree from Australia has become very invasive in South Florida and is spread by seeds which are produced by the scores on trees twice yearly. It grows from 5 to 10 feet per year and has been known to grow over 25 feet in a year. Sometimes used as a windbreak plantings. However this introduced species can out compete indigenous species and make the area where large masses grow basically ecologically sterile.