Nothofagus obliqua
Common name: 
Roble Beech
Pronunciation: 
no-thoh-FAH-gus o-BLEE-kwa (oh-BLIK-wuh)
Family: 
Fagaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, very fast growing, may reach 130 ft (40 m) tall in its habitat, trunk often forked, bark gray-brownish or dark brown; young shoots, long, glabrous;.  Leaves simple, alternate, 3-8 cm long and 1.5-3 cm wide, ovoid-oblong, apex acute, base slightly oblique, margin double toothed, 7-12 pairs of veins, each ending in a 4-8 mm lobe-like tooth, upper surface mid-green, lower paler, in fall leaves green, yellow or red; petiole 5-10 mm long. Both male and female flowers are small and are surrounded by green colored bracts and rather inconspicuous.   Fruit buff, 4-valved, with 3 nuts, when released, these small nuts appear like those of the beeches of the northern hemisphere.
  • Sun, average water needs.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8     Native to Chile and western Argentina.  
  • Roblé: Spanish for oak.
  • obliqua: oblique, the leaf base.
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