Native: Chile and Argentina where it yields a valuable timber
Location: Cultivated in botanical collections and large gardens.
A coniferous tree. Named after Robert Fitzroy who commanded the famous five-year surveying voyage of the Beagle which carried the young Charles Darwin as its naturalist. Slender in the wild, but in cultivation may be very low and shrubby.
Foliage has blunt leaves in rings of three, each with two white bands on either side.
Pollen and Seed Cones
Female cones open in April and are about 5mm across. Males are yellow about 2mm long.
Mature cones are about 8mm across and ripen from green to brown, splitting to release seed, but remaining on the tree through winter.