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Gevuina avellana

Chilean Hazel

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.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Need 40-60 days cold stratification. My seeds germinated 45 days cold stratification percent 75. In temperate or light winter no need cold stratification. Sow in November they will February or marc. Protect the seedlings from ful sun, wind and freezing in first year.
Submitted on 06/09/2012 by Ömer Selim

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Gevuina seed can be stored for up to 6 months without great loss in viability provided it is kept in an airtight container in a cool spot, preferably a refrigerator. Germination is straightforward and seed is best sown fresh in an open friable mix and covered to about 25mm. It may help to soak seed in water overnight but I find this unneccessary. At 20C germination will begin in 6-8 weeks but can take a little longer in cooler conditions anywhere up to 20 weeks. Germination is fairly uniform over 4 weeks from the first seedling to the last. Maintain good airflow around seedlings to prevent damping off fungus which can affect all members of the Proteaceae family. Pot on when seedlings grow there second set of true leaves and fertilize sparingly as Gevuina can resent fertilizers containing phosphorous.
Submitted on 20/06/2010 by Peter Maddox

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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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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