A very beautiful ornamental tree from coastal central and southern Chile to 1600 m, the Chilean hazel produces a delicious nut, very rich in nutrients. The fruit is roundish, about the size of a cherry and contains a nut which is prepared by roasting or boiling. The nut tastes similar to a very sweet chestnut. Aside from being a prolific food producer, the tree is also highly appreciated for landscaping because of its showy foliage and unique flowers. In cultivation it is suitable for USDA zones 8 to 10.