Beefwood, a family of Australian trees. The beefwood tree appears to lack leaves. But when the twigs are examined closely, tiny scalelike leaves can be seen clinging tightly to the wood. The branches are jointed and rigid. The tree has a feathery appearance, due to the great number of fine twigs. It reaches a height of 50 feet (15 m). The wood is red, suggesting the color of raw beef. Beefwood trees are planted in warm regions of California and Florida. They are sensitive to frost.
Beefwood trees make up the family Casuarinaceae.