Casuarina Cousin It

Category: Casuarina

Cousin It™ is a marvellously versatile ground cover with surprising strength. Highly adaptable, it works well suppressing weeds and controlling soil erosion - a great addition to any landscape project.

Creating a small mound with long, slim branches that extend outward, Cousin It will surprise you with its strength and capabilities. Seen all over Australia from Southern Queensland, Tasmania and in Western Australia, this variety will complement many gardens and create a very trendy style with a real design flare.

The spreading habit will cover large areas quickly, hiding just about anything from unappealing drainage pipes, stumps and other ground obstacles, and positioned correctly, Cousin It™ will also cascade and spill over embankments, retaining walls and rockeries, creating a spectacular effect.

Species Casuarina glauca
Height 30cm
Width to 2m
Maintenance Will perform best in compost-enriched, free-draining soil, but is also tolerant of a range of poorer quality soils as long as they are still free-draining. Will grow in a wide range of climates. Successive light frosts will brown the foliage and make the plant look a bit ’ratty’ but new growth will emerge in spring and restore its good looks. Mulching is recommended. This is a plant that you will rarely touch, maybe just trim to desired shape occasionally. Will tolerate a hard cut if required.
Fertiliser Feed with a controlled release, general purpose fertiliser in spring. You can also supplement this with a liquid feed to get the plant established quickly.
Watering Needs moist soil, however, will normally perform quite well on natural rainfall without much supplementary watering as the pictures below demonstrate. If planting in a container, we recommend drip feed irrigation as the plant can take up available water quickly. If a potted plant dries out for extended periods, it will die.
Pest & Diseases No major issues here but some wildlife, such as rabbits and wallabies, has been known to eat fresh, new growth.
Tolerances Salt Tolerant (Coastal), Drought Tolerant, Light Frost Tolerant
Position Full Sun, Full Sun/Part Shade
Uses Garden, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket, Landscape, Native, Pots & Tubs, Retaining Walls