Dombey's Southern Beech
no-thoh-FAH-gus DOM-bee-ei, (DOM-bee-ee)
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen tree, fast growing, in its habitat it may reach a height of 130 ft (~40 m), its crown is ovoid-conic. Bark is ash-gray, flaking and cracking in maturity. Shoots pubescent, red-brown above, green below. Leaves simple, alternate, 2-4 cm long, stiff, narrowly ovoid to lanceolate, blunt pointed, margins irregularly serrate, glossy dark green above, matt and pale below, finely flecked with dots (glands) (use a lens), petiole 2-3 mm. The flowers are inconspicuous because they are green and are less than 5 mm. Male flowers in groups of 3, have bright red stamens (8-13). Fruit, similar to Fagus (a triangular nut, about 4–7 mm), is solitary or 2-3 per group, 4-valved capsule with granular bristles.
- Sun or some shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7 Reportedly tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C = 5°F even -4°F), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months). Native to Chile and Argentina.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: north of Community Hall (fromerly Benton Hall) (it was injured by cold and removed in 2015)