10 responses to “Nothofagus antarctica”

  1. chris czajkowski

    As far as I know, it is the only deciduous member of this genus. The species in Tasmania, New Zealand, and other parts of Chile are evergreen.


      Love Nothos. N. obliqua, N. pumilio and N. procera are deciduous as well. Here in coastal Nova Scotia we know of no other places where N. antarctica grows on the east coast of North America, aside of course from easternmost Newfoundland.

      I share Doug’s enthusiasm for the scented new foliage.


    2. Richard Windsor

      Fucospora gunnii (Syn Nothofagus gunnii from Tasmania is deciduous See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuscospora_gunnii
      The other segregate from Nothofagus in Australia, Lophozonia cunninghamia (Syn Nothofagus cunninghamii) is evergreen
      See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lophozonia_cunninghamii

      I can find no reference to aromatic new foliage in either of these species.

  2. R Parker

    What a stunning photo. Magical moment. Thanks.


    The flowers of Nothofagus antarctica here; sadly no seed yet.


  4. Elizabeth Revell

    I recently saw a post somewhere which has moved all of the NZ Nothofagus species but one into another genus … Still in the Nothofagaceae though. Trouble is, now I can’t find the information! Can anyone help me? Presumably DNA research?

  5. Wendy

    This is a wonderful tree with a refreshing resinous scent. In Switzerland they call it Zimtbaum (Cinnamon Tree). Don‘t expect a true cinnamon scent but the name is somehow indicative. Until I came to western Germany I had never seen anything other than a quirky jagged leaning silhouette but the Dutch actually succeed in pruning Nothofagus antarctica into a reasonably standard little tree. So much for its usual individual character! But the scent is what matters.


    I can smell nothing on the new foliage of the aforementioned species, only on N. antarctica.

    Funny how some grow as a Cotoneaster for years and others poker straight. Many of the local ones came from Specimen Trees in Pitt Meadows, BC and a few we grew from Chilaeflora & Chiltern seed as I recall.


  7. Susan Gustavson

    Beautiful photo. Would love to be able to get the scent of it.

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