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Austrocedrus chilensis

Chilean Cedar

A moderately sized conifer native to the southern Andes in Chile and Argentina, where it grows mostly as a pioneer plant on volcanic soils between 360 and 1500 m (1200 and 4900 ft.) or perhaps higher. It can reach about 20 m (67 ft.) or more tall and to 1.5 m (5 ft.) in diameter and produces a densely branched, rounded crown. The leaves are small and scale-like. While in its natural habitat it is considered threatened, in cultivation it is an easy to grow plant that prefers slightly acidic, well drained soils and will do well in cool temperate climates, withstand snow cover and moderate to severe freezes, around USDA hardiness zone 8. It is also a great subject to be trained as a bonsai. Seeds require soaking before sowing and cold stratification at 5°C (41°F) after sowing for 3 months.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Up to 2 weeks after cold (+2 +3C) stratification. Seedlings and young plants are tolerant to transplanting and mistakes in cultivation.
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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