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Aristotelia chilensis - (Molina.)Stuntz.
Common Name Macqui
Family Elaeocarpaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A weedy shrub of cleared forests and waste ground, growing in damp humus rich soils on lower mountain hillsides by rivers between latitudes 31 and 40° south[139].
Range S. America - Chile, Argentina.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun


Aristotelia chilensis Macqui

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Aristotelia chilensis Macqui
Physical Characteristics
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Aristotelia chilensis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 5 m (16ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Bees, insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

A. macqui. Cornus chilensis

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or dried for winter use[11, 22, 46, 61, 97]. A pleasant taste somewhat like bilberries[2]. The fruit is rather small, about 6mm in diameter[200].
Medicinal Uses

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Astringent;  Febrifuge;  Poultice.

A wine made from the fruit is said to have medicinal properties[11]. The plant (the exact part is not specified) is astringent, febrifuge and poultice. It is used in the treatment of throat infections and intestinal tumours[139].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a slightly acid, moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold drying winds[200]. Plants are fairly tolerant of maritime exposure[K]. This species is only hardy in the milder and moister areas of Britain[182] and even there can be cut back in severe winters[K]. If the plants are cut back by winter frosts, they normally put up a crowd of vigorous shoots in the spring and these will need thinning[219]. The fruits are freely produced in S.W. England[11]. There is a very good plant at Rosehill near Falmouth[59]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[59]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required[182].
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Once the plants are at least 20cm tall, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[11]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth in early winter[1]. Take cuttings 15 - 30cm long and plant them in pots or the open soil in a greenhouse. They normally root very easily and can be potted up in early summer then planted out late the following spring[K].
Other Names
Clon, Koelon, Macqui,
Found In
Argentina, Australia, Chile*, South America, Tasmania,
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Paul Barney   Wed Dec 30 2009
I have found this plant not only to self-fertile but very hardy. It self-seeds readily and the birds love the fruit.
kevin   Thu Jan 21 2010
how many yrs till they fruit? how much fruit is produced per plant
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