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Edible uses


Seed - raw or cooked. A pleasant taste, similar to cob nuts[1][2][3][4]. A popular food in Chile where it is often sold in local markets and is a much sought after item of diet[5]. The seed contains about 12.5% protein, 49.5% oil, 24.1% carbohydrate[4]. The roasted seed is used as a coffee substitute[3].

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Material uses

The seedcase is a source of tannin[3]. Wood - light, strong, easily worked, elastic, not very durable. It is used for furniture, oars, roof-shingles etc[6][7][3].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Gevuina avellana.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Secondary canopy

Ecological Functions

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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in the year. The seed often germinates well but then sickens and dies, it has been suggested that this is due to the plants need of a symbiotic relationship with a soil-borne fungus. Adding some soil from around a growing plant to the seed compost might improve success rates. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

Layering - hard pruning provides lots of material.

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Requires a lime-free soil and a sheltered position[8]. Requires a well-drained moist fertile soil[9]. Best grown in semi-shade[10], the plant prefers woodland conditions[11].

A very ornamental plant[12][7], when dormant it is hardy to -10°c[13] in a sheltered woodland environment, but succeeds outdoors only in the milder areas of Britain, growing well in Devon and Cornwall[1][14]. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. Plants flower and set viable seed every year at Coleton Fishacre in S. Devon[15]. In general, however, flowering is unreliable in cool temperate zones[10]. The leaves are very variable in shape, ranging from pinnate to bipinnate, the leaflets varying in number from 3 to 30. There is probably some form of symbiotic relationship with a fungus in the soil that the plants are dependant upon.

Plants are very intolerant of root disturbance[7].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Gevuina avellana
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
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Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
partial shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
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    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
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    Flower Type


    1. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Howes. F. N. Nuts. Faber (1948-00-00)
    3. ? ? Flora of Chile. (in Spanish) ()
    4. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    7. ? Rosengarten. jnr. F. The Book of Edible Nuts. Walker & Co. ISBN 0802707699 (1984-00-00)
    8. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    9. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    10. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    11. ? Taylor. J. The Milder Garden. Dent (1990-00-00)
    12. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    13. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
    14. ? Thurston. Trees and Shrubs in Cornwall. ()
    15. ? RHS. The Garden. Volume 111. Royal Horticultural Society (1986-00-00)

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