The Beautiful Ulmo Tree

The majestic Ulmo aka Eucryphia cordifolia in the family Cunoniaceae. It is a large evergreen tree growing up to 40 meters or 130 feet and native to the Valdivian rainforest.

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The bark is multi colored in greens, grays, and pinks. They always seem to grow in a cluster of trunks ¬†maybe 6-8 but I don’t know if they are separate trees or a multi trunk tree.

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The evergreen leaves are thick, leathery, and hairy. The leaves are opposite but form a whirling pattern down the stem.

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There are only 4 white petals with a bunch of stamen in the middle. It blooms in late summer here, March, and the smell is very fragrant. The whole tree is a mass of buzzing as it attracts many insects especially the honey bee. Ulmo honey is very popular.summer 2015 035

And the fruit is a hard dried capsule. Once dried and open the seeds are dispersed by the wind.

last photo courtesy of wikipedia