Ocotea velutina is a semideciduous tree with a very dense, wide, globose crown; it can grow 15 - 25 metres tall. The short bole can be 50 - 70cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood. An excellent shade-providing tree, it is used in street plantings[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Found in both primary and secondary formations in broadleaved semideciduous forest, favouring well-drained sites on hillsides and slopes[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
A rather slow-growing tree[
The wood is moderately heavy, hard, compact, with moderate mechanical properties and of good durability if kept dry. It is used in construction for purposes such as beams, rafters, laths, linings etc, as well as for doors, furniture and blinds[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 50 - 70% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 25 - 40 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 8 - 9 months later.
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