History Trail
11   Sheoak Tree
 
Standing next to the swing gate is a large example of an Australian sheoak tree, (Allocasuarina sp). Like a lot of Australian imports, this tree appears to have done better in New Zealand than in Australia. Our tree is about 15 metres in height.
 
Sheoaks are not pine trees, even though they have what appear to be needles. They are flowering trees and what look like needles are in fact branchlets. The much reduced leaves appear as the rings around the branchlets and at the tips.