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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:00 pm    Post subject: Identify a tree please. Reply with quote

Hi All,

Does anyone knows what is the names of this beautiful tree and where I can buy this?

What is required climate conditions for this tree?

Thanks in advance for a help.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isn't that a monkey tree? I think!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats what I thought MargeSimpson. we call them monkey puzzle trees as my grandad used to say its the only tree a monkey couldnt climb. It would puzzle a monkey with its spikes. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: not too close Reply with quote

Hi

The Monkey Puzzle tree, (Araucaria Araucana) is also known as the Chilean pine, and is native to the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina.

A bit of trivia

Archibald Menzies, a prolific plant collector, introduced the tree to England in 1795. The monkey-puzzle tree quickly became popular among Victorian gardeners. They like full sun to partial shade and will tolerate most types of soil. The seeds are edible and are widely cultivated in Chile, but you wont get any for about 30-40 years I am afraid..... They like lots of water. You could get one from most garden centres of even grow your own by seeds or by tip cuttings from vertical shoots. Cuttings from lateral-growing shoots will develop into sprawling shrubs.


A bit of extra waffle

Your grandad was right Sarah 12 - Legend has it that an owner of a young tree specimen in Cornwall was showing it to a group of friends, and one made the remark,"it would puzzle a monkey to climb that".

The popular name became, first 'monkey-puzzler', then 'monkey-puzzle'.

They can be an intersting adition to the garden but please don't plant it close to the house as they can grow up to 150 feet in height. I have seen loads in front gardens, inches away form the front room windows...they grow about 35 cm a year which doesn't seem a lot but it would soon block out the light.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot !!!

Cheers

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We drove by a home near us yesterday with a small one growing in the shade.

A thought came to mind that they should have given it a species name that is equivelent to "cutlery warehouse"

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:03 am    Post subject: Monkey puzzle Reply with quote

Also

tree is named after the aruacana tribe which live in Chile,
another species is A, hetrophylla (norfolk island pine) very tender best grown in a conservatory,

Gaurdian newspapers crossword compiler is known as Araucaria Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:04 am    Post subject: Monkey puzzle Reply with quote

Also

tree is named after the aruacana tribe which live in Chile,
another species is A, hetrophylla (norfolk island pine) very tender best grown in a conservatory,

Gaurdian newspapers crossword compiler is known as Araucaria Very Happy
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