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Image of Austrocedrus chilensis (Ciprés de la cordillera / Cedro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis

VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 500-2200 m. 01 13, 2006

 

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Species:  Austrocedrus chilensis (D.Don) Pic-Serm. & Bizzari
Family:  Cupressaceae Identification OK   
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Chilean Name:  Ciprés de la cordillera , Cedro
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Record:  0229
About 1 Austrocedrus in Chile and 1 in our data base.
About 3 Cupressaceae in Chile and 3 in our data base.

 

Timber   
1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.     Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
White, without information on the number of petals      Tree     

Low germination, less than 30 %   

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 20 m.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

This is a very beautiful and endangered Chilean tree species.

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis (Ciprés de la cordillera / Cedro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 400-1550 m. 01 07, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Tree

Flower: White, without information on the number of petals

Height: 20 m.

 

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis (Ciprés de la cordillera / Cedro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis

VII Region, Camino a Laguna Maule, Chile
Altitude: 500-2200 m. 01 13, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.

 

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis (Ciprés de la cordillera / Cedro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis

VII Region, Radal Siete Tazas, Chile
Altitude: 400-850 m. 01 15, 2006

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

Useful properties:

Timber

 

 

 

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis (Ciprés de la cordillera / Cedro). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Austrocedrus chilensis

VII Region, Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay, Chile
Altitude: 400-1550 m. 01 07, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 8. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-8° C), can tolerate occasional snow cover for up to a couple of weeks per year.

 

Relatively easy to cultivate

 

Low germination, less than 30 %

 

 

 

 

 

The germination of this species is not very complicated, but the cold stratification is an absolute must. Remember that you can avoid it by planting the seeds in autumn and exposing them to natural cold stratification. If you decide to do it "scientifically," soak the seeds for two days in water, then put them into wet sand and put them into refrigerator at about +2 +5º C for at least 30 days, and up to 90 days. Allow the seeds to breathe (ventilate from time to time) and check the humidity of the sand (it tends to dry out quickly, so adding moisture every three-four days is a must). To obtain better results you can add GA (about 300-500 PPM) and washing the seeds several times may also contribute to a better germination (the washing process eliminates germination inhibitors). Use substrates with good drainage and slighly acid substrates. Once it has been established, it is a very hardy plant which can withstand freezing, snow, dry spells. It is not a fast grower. It is ideally suited for bonsai.

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More photos (4) of Austrocedrus chilensis (D.Don) Pic-Serm. & Bizzari available here

More species from the same Cupressaceae family in our data base:

Austrocedrus chilensis (Ciprés de la cordillera / Cedro)

Fitzroya cupressoides (Alerce)

Pilgerodendron uviferum (Ciprés de las Guaitecas)

 

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