From Chile. Grows to 30–45 ft. (occasionally to 60 ft.) tall and half as wide. Young trees are dense columns foliaged right down to the ground, with pendulous branches; they give the general effect of a narrow, bushy, weeping coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia). Older trees develop a broader, flatter-looking crown; their branchlets are less pendulous than those of the young plants. Shiny green, leathery, 2-in. leaves are oval and pointed to nearly round. White, 1/2-in.-wide spring flowers are followed by handsome, inch-wide, brown fruit that opens into a star shape. Tends toward multiple trunks and excessive bushiness but responds quickly to pruning. Fairly tolerant of various soils. Drought tolerant but does better with periodic soakings; accepts lawn watering. Good narrow screening tree, tall hedge. The bark contains saponin, a lather-producing chemical; it is used in parts of Chile for washing and cleaning.
Evergreen tree. Round headed and densely foliaged; grows to 20–70 ft. tall, often with even grea...
Native mostly to Southern California. Broader, more leathery leaves than the species.
Evergreen shrub, from California. Erect or sprawling to 2–3 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. Ovate green...