About this Roblé
A large deciduous tree, the roblé is native to south-central Chile and a small part of neighbouring Argentina. This specimen was grown from seed collected by Harold Comber in 1926.
The timber from this tree is extremely durable, and has been used in shipbuilding, interior joinery and furniture making. It is comparable to oak in quality, and its common South American name is in fact the Spanish word for oak. This species once formed extensive mature forests in Chile’s central valley, but today old-growth forests can only be found in the more inaccessible parts of the Andes. The roblé was first introduced to cultivation in the UK by William Lobb in 1849. Since then it has been planted throughout Britain and Ireland, where it has succeeded in a wide range of soils and made elegant specimen trees.
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