A medium-sized conifer to 15 m tall, with a rounded crown and a trunk to 1 m in diameter. The single-seeded cones look like large, light green grapes. They are quite showy, edible, and used to make jam. It is native to Argentina and Chile, where it grows in the Andes between 36 and 39° southern latitude to an elevation of about 1400 m. The prized wood is used for furniture and construction. It best suited for milder temperate climates in USDA hardiness zones 8 and 9. It will tolerate moderate freezes and some snow.