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Image of Fitzroya cupressoides (Alerce). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides

X Region, Alerce Costero, Chile
Altitude: 300-900 m. 03 21, 2007

 

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Species:  Fitzroya cupressoides (Molina) I.M.Johnst.
Family:  Cupressaceae Identification OK   
Order: 
Chilean Name:  Alerce
English Name: 
German Name: 
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Record:  0797
About 1 Fitzroya 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 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even  -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).     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).   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
   Tree     

Native    Not Frequent

Height: 50 m.

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides (Alerce). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides

X Region, Alerce Costero, Chile
Altitude: 300-900 m. 03 21, 2007

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Tree

Height: 50 m.

 

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides (Alerce). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides

X Region, Alerce Costero, Chile
Altitude: 300-900 m. 03 21, 2007

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.

 

Watering conditions:

Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

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

 

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides (Alerce). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides

X Region, Alerce Costero, Chile
Altitude: 700-900 m. 03 20, 2007

 

USES

Excellent ornamental value (A +)

 

Useful properties:

Timber

 

 

 

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides (Alerce). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Fitzroya cupressoides

X Region, Alerce Costero, Chile
Altitude: 700-900 m. 03 20, 2007

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 7, even 6b. The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (9) of Fitzroya cupressoides (Molina) I.M.Johnst. 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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