It is a species of evergreen bush that makes up the sclerophyllous forest, which covers the central zone of Chile. It can be found between the region of Valparaíso and O’Higgins. It grows in the foothills of La Costa and Los Andes, both in the shade and in the sun.
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Maximum height size 5 meters.
Slow growth rate.
From spring to summer
Fully exposed to sun, flat parts or slopes with northern exposure. Also to some shade.
It resists low temperatures (-8°c), also can tolerate occasional snowfall and snow cover for a couple of weeks a year.
Secano, where the period without rainfall lasts 3-5 months. Rainfall reaches 400-800 mm, concentrated in winter.
From the Valparaíso region to the O’higgins region, over 1200 m.a.s.l. to 2000 m.a.s.l.