In countries where the she-oak grows extensively, it can be the cause of allergies (asthma) at flowering time.
Origin: Australia, Southern India, Indonesia, Easter Island, Malaysia, Madagascar and Tahiti
Habitat: Areas with a hot dry climate
Characteristics: Tree with a slender weeping growth. Evergreen, rough, green to silver-grey foliage. From a distance, this tree can be confused with a pine. Fast growing specimen, up to 25 to 30 metres high.
Flowering period: Spring, summer.
Uses and properties: Its dense, tight wood, called “ironwood” is highly sought-after as timber for shipbuilding and furniture making. Its root system contains nitrogen fixing bacteria.
History and oddities
It was first planted in Corsica in the middle of the 19th century. It can live for 100 years or more.