A large deciduous tree that originates from Argentina and Chile. It is known to branch out freely but can be easily pruned back; it is also an ideal bonsai subject.
The tree is made up of greyish, decorative bark and single, elliptic, beautifully shaped hornbeam-like leaves. When the leaves are young they are of a bronze colour, then during the summer a dark green and in the autumn they turn to a fiery red (sometimes yellow).
For its optimum growth it is recommended that it's positioned in full sun and on acidic or neutral soil.
Excellent quality, 10-15cm tall plant in an 7cm square pot.
Other common names: Rauli, Robli
Native to: Chile, Argentina, on hills
Family: Fagaceae (Beech Family)
Habit (UK conditions): large tree (but it can be pruned to keep it small)
Max. size in 10 years: 15m x 3m
Main value: elliptic, hornbeam-like leaves which turn red in Autumn; bark
Flower colour: yellow, not significant
Flowering period: April
Autumn coloration: fiery red
Hardiness: hardy to at least around -15C
Is it toxic? No
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