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Description: Casuarina cunninghamiana (river sheoak) is a large tree growing up to 20 metres high and a spread of up to 10 metres, flowers are a reddish brown which form into a small round cone about 1cm in diameter. Useful for soil retention and erosion control. Its tendency to sucker makes it a good tree to plant along river banks or waterways. Timber makes and excellent firewood as well as a craft wood.
Size: 20m Tall / 10m Wide
Edible: Yes, the seeds are used for food by crushing them into a paste, grubs found boring in the tree are another source of food. Important food source for many birds and other wildlife.
Pollinator: Yes, many flowers in Autumn.
Nitrogen / Biomass: Nitrogen Fixer and can be used as a biomass accumulator for chop and drop.
Other Uses: Great for fire wood, cones are also a good burning material.
Deciduous: Evergreen, non-deciduous.
Native Distribution: Eastern half of NSW. Also in eastern Qld. along permanent freshwater streams.