Cordia patagonula Aiton
Patagonula americana L.
Patagonula australis Salisb.
Patagonula glabra Miers
Patagonula tweediana Miers
Common Name: Guayaibi Blanco
Guayaibi blanco is a deciduous tree with a tall, dense crown; it can grow 10 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 70 - 80cm in diameter, when grown in the open it forms branches from low down[
The tree produces a good quality wood and is often harvested from the wild. It is also a good choice as a pioneer species for restoring native woodland.
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern and eastern Brazil.
Semideciduous, broadleaved forests, where it can be found in both primary and secondary formations. It favours deep, moist but not wet soils, and is rare on steeper slopes or in poor or dry terrains[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a deep, moist, fertile soil[
In some areas within its range, this tree is considered to be a weed of pasture land[
Trees have a moderate rate of growth[
Naturally invading pasture land (to the extent that it is sometimes considered to be a weed), the plant is an excellent choice as a pioneer species when re-establishing native woodland[
The heartwood is light brown according to one report[
], whilst another says that it is very dark and can even become black[
]; the sapwood is whitish. The wood is moderately heavy, hard, flexible, with good mechanical properties and very durable even when immersed in water or buried in the soil[
]. Easy to work, it is widely used in construction; for external purposes such as fence posts and bridge beams; and for items such as billiard cues, tool handles, oars and saddles[
]. Because of its flexibility and elasticity, it is traditionally used to make bows[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A very high germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 20 days[
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