Cupania clethrodes Mart.
Cupania uraguensis Hook. & Arn.
Cupania vernalis is a semideciduous tree with a dense, elongated crown; it can grow 10 - 22 metres tall. The short bole can be 50 - 70cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of tannins and wood. It can be used as a pioneer when restoring native woodland and, because it is considered elegant, it is used in landscaping, especially for planting in streets[
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern and eastern Brazil, Bolivia
Found in almost all forest formations in Brazil, in both dense primary formations as well as in more open and secondary growth areas[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a fertile soil[
A slow-growing plant, even when in fertile soil[
Although slow-growing, the tree grows well in open areas and provides food for the native fauna and so makes a good pioneer species when restoring native woodland[
The bark is a source of tannins[
The reddish wood is moderately heavy, compact, elastic and moderately durable even in adverse conditions. It is used for internal purposes, cabinet making, poles, stays, shoe lasts etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - it has a short viability and so is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. A quite low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 30 days[
]. When the seedbed-sown seedlings are 4 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 8 - 10 months later[
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