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Casuarina needles
Casuarina young tree
Coast Beefwood

The Coast Beefwood looks like a very feathery pine at first glance. What appears to be needles are actually segmented pieces like a horsetail fern. This is an Australian native that thrives in salt air and wind, and, is perfect for growing in Marina’s sandy soils. This tree does get wide, so give it plenty of room. Mature groupings of trees can provide lovely "interior rooms" if left untrimmed.

Fast grower from 2-3 feet a year until mature with small 1 inch wide conelike fruit. The red sap and reddish hardwood provide the origin of the name "Beefwood." You can see long rows of Beefwoods used as windbreak along the vineyards in Soledad on the way up to the Pinacles. There are 2 other species of Casuarina that may grow well in Marina - just no actual feedback on growth habits of the other species here.

Maximum height
20-30 feet tall & wide

Life Span
60 + years


Criteria for Ranking

Ranking
1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5
Wind Tolerance 5*
Frost Tolerance 5
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 5
Power Lines Proximity

5 (good choice)
Cost/Maintenance 3
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 5
   
*note asterisk denote species will be shaped by a prevailing wind. Single trunk trained trees need more protection than multi-trunk to grow straight.

Location A row of Coast Beefwoods are planted along Del Monte Avenue between the new library and Vince Di maggio park. (see image top left.)