This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
This distinct and interesting Conifer is found asociated with the Saxe-Gothoea on high mountains in Patagonia, from whence it was also sent home in 1846. The genus was named by Dr Hooker in compliment to its discoverer, Captain Fitz-Roy. It is described as a graceful tree, growing in sheltered valleys to heights of from 50 to 100 feet, but dwarfing down to a mere bush as it approaches the limits of perpetual snow.
Its value as a hardy ornamental plant may be stated as similar to that of the Saxe-Gothaea; for, while it is undoubtedly very handsome where it succeeds, it requires a well-sheltered situation and a dry soil, and it is only in such that it is ever seen to advantage in this country.