Australian pine Casuarinaceae Casuarina
|Leaf: Short, scale-like, 1/16 to 1/8 inch long, several occur in a whorl at nodes, green.
Flower: Light brown; males occur in slender spikes at branch tips; females occur in round clusters near base of branchlets.
Fruit: Cone-like, round, with numerous pointed scales, 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter, reddish brown.
Twig: Slender, hanging, green, covered tightly in scale-like foliage, older branches become scaly and gray-brown.
Bark: Initially smooth, later developing scaly strips, gray to reddish brown.
Form: Medium tree that can reach 100 feet tall, vase shaped crown, and straight trunk.
Looks like: athel tamarisk
| Additional Range Information:
Casuarina equisetifolia is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting Australian pine.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson