The Monkey Puzzle Tree: An Unusual and Endangered Plant

Updated on October 11, 2017
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Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. She loves to study nature and write about animals and plants.

A young monkey puzzle tree in a botanical garden; the appearance of the tree changes as it matures
A young monkey puzzle tree in a botanical garden; the appearance of the tree changes as it matures | Source

An Unusual Tree

The monkey puzzle tree is an unusual, attractive, and very interesting plant. Its ancestors coexisted with the dinosaurs and formed large forests. The modern tree has strange leaves, a distinctive trunk, and branches that emerge from the trunk in whorls. The female trees produce large and tasty seeds which are very popular in some parts of the world. As it matures, the tree loses its lower branches and becomes a tall and very imposing plant.

The monkey puzzle tree, or Araucaria araucana, is an evergreen conifer that is native to Chile and Argentina. It's the national tree of Chile. The tree's common name comes from the idea that a monkey would be unable to climb it. It's also known as the Chilean pine or the Chile pine, although it's not a member of the pine family. The tree grows slowly and lives for hundreds of years. It has been introduced to many places around the world, where it grows as an ornamental plant.

Monkey puzzle trees in the snow in Chile
Monkey puzzle trees in the snow in Chile | Source

Monkey puzzle trees and pine trees belong to the plant order known as the Pinales. The monkey puzzle tree belongs to the family Araucariaceae within this order while pine trees belong to the family Pinaceae.

Trunk and Leaves

Monkey puzzle trees are fascinating plants that some people consider to be weird or even bizarre. Mature trees may reach 150 feet in height—or even higher according to some sources—and have a trunk diameter of up to 7 feet. Another startling fact is that the trees are thought to live for as long as a thousand years.

The first thing that strikes an observer of a young tree is probably its upright form and its symmetrical shape. If the observer moves closer, they will see the tree's strange leaves and trunk.

The leaves of the monkey puzzle tree are thick and stiff and have a pointed tip. The leaves overlap each other and completely cover the branches. They are sometimes said to look "reptilian" because they remind people of a reptile's scales. The trunk is grey in color and has circular ridges.

As the tree matures, the ridges on the bottom of the trunk start to look like folds. The base of the trunk may eventually resemble an elephant's foot. The lower branches of the tree fall off, leaving a crown of branches at the tip and a tall trunk underneath. The crown is often umbrella shaped. The overall effect is impressive because of the great height of the tree.

The "reptilian" leaves of a monkey puzzle tree
The "reptilian" leaves of a monkey puzzle tree | Source

The leaves of a monkey puzzle tree are interesting to examine and photograph but can be painful to touch.

Spiny leaves growing on the trunk of a very young monkey puzzle tree
Spiny leaves growing on the trunk of a very young monkey puzzle tree | Source

Cones and Seeds

Monkey puzzle trees are either male or female. The cones are borne on the upper branches. The male cones are also known as pollen cones and the female ones are known as seed cones. Pollination (transfer of pollen from the male cones to the female ones) is by wind. The cones take eighteen months or longer to mature.

The cylindrical male cones are 3 to 5 inches long when fully mature while the more spherical female cones reach 6 to 12 inches. The latter may weigh several pounds. There are reports of some cones weighing as much as ten pounds. It's not a good idea to stand under a monkey puzzle tree when it's dropping its cones!

The seeds of the monkey puzzle tree are large, edible and—according to people who have eaten them—delicious. They are about the size of an almond and form a staple food in parts of South America. They also have a spiritual significance for indigenous people. The seeds are eaten raw or are boiled or roasted. They are also milled into a flour that is used to make bread and fermented to make a beverage.

A male cone
A male cone | Source

Like the leaves, the spiky cones are interesting to observe but can be painful to handle.

A female cone
A female cone | Source

Introduction of the Tree to Britain

Archibald Menzies was a British Navy surgeon and a plant collector. He's credited with the British discovery of the monkey puzzle tree while on a voyage with Captain George Vancouver in H.M.S. Discovery.

In 1795, Archibald Menzies and other officers from the Discovery attended a meal hosted by the Governor of Chile. They were served a dessert of seeds from the monkey puzzle tree. Menzies saved some of the seeds and germinated them on board the ship. When he returned to Britain he had five young monkey puzzle trees with him. They were planted in the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew.

The monkey puzzle trees seen in most parks and gardens today are juveniles. People might think that they need to take a trip to South America to see the mature trees. There is at least one place in Britain where older trees can be viewed, however—on the grounds of Bicton Agricultural College in Devon.

The Monkey Puzzle Avenue at Bicton Agricultural College

Why Are Monkey Puzzle Trees Endangered?

The IUCN, or International Union for Conservation of Nature, has classified the wild monkey puzzle tree population as endangered. This is worrying information. It would be very sad to lose this unique tree from the Earth.

The number of monkey puzzle trees has been reduced due to deforestation caused by logging and burning. These activities are used to clear trees from land so that it can be used to grow crops or to provide a grazing area for animals. Monkey puzzle trees are actually quite resistant to fires caused by natural causes but are less able to protect themselves from fires deliberately set by people. The tree is also harvested for its fine-grained wood. It's illegal to cut down a wild monkey puzzle tree in its native habitat, but unfortunately this law is often disobeyed.

The population of monkey puzzle trees is becoming fragmented as trees are destroyed. Since the trees grow so slowly and don't reproduce for many years after seed germination, they can't recover from population stresses very well. They are protected in some parts of their range, but they need more help.

According to the IUCN, the monkey puzzle tree is not only endangered but also has a decreasing population.

A very young monkey puzzle tree in a container, showing the branches arranged in whorls
A very young monkey puzzle tree in a container, showing the branches arranged in whorls | Source

Growing the Trees From Seeds and Seedlings

Outside of their native habitat, monkey puzzle trees grow well in Britain and in the Pacific Northwest region of North America (Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia). They also grow in Northern California and in some other parts of North America.

The tree does best in a mild climate that receives a good supply of rain. It likes full sunlight. It grows in a wide variety of soils as long as they are well drained. The tree will tolerate salt spray from the ocean. However, it doesn't do well in a hot, dry climate or in polluted areas. It's classified as hardy to USDA Zone 7.

Seeds or seedlings of a monkey puzzle tree produces a lovely ornamental plant. The tree is sometimes grown in a container as a house plant. Patience is needed if the grower wants to obtain seeds from the tree, however, and there is no guarantee of success.

Monkey puzzle trees grow very slowly. The seeds generally germinate in one to two months. It may take as long as thirty to forty years before new seeds are produced, and even then this will only happen if a tree is a female and if there is a male tree in the area. The gender of a tree can be determined only when cones are produced.

A monkey puzzle tree seedling
A monkey puzzle tree seedling | Source

A tree should be planted while a person is relatively young if they hope to harvest seeds during their lifetime. If it's too late for this, the future ability of the tree to bear seeds (if it's a female) would have to be a gift to descendants or to people who buy the property containing the tree.

Repotting Monkey Puzzle Tree Seedlings

Monkey Puzzle Tree Trivia: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

A monkey puzzle tree played a significant role in in the 1947 movie "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", which starred Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. In the movie, Mrs. Muir purchases Gull Cottage. The cottage is haunted by Captain Gregg, the previous owner of the home. A friendship develops between Mrs. Muir and the Captain, although the pair both have strong personalities and frequently argue with each other.

Mrs. Muir orders the beautiful monkey puzzle tree in the garden to be cut down because its branches broke one of the cottage's windows during a windstorm. The destruction of the monkey puzzle tree that he planted both angers and hurts the Captain. The incident also appears in one episode of the "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" TV show, which was aired in 1968. The movie has a happy ending, however. When Mrs. Muir dies of old age, the Captain comes to greet her. The pair leave Gull Cottage, united in spirit form.

Monkey puzzle trees do have a way of making themselves noticed, whether in movies or in real life. They are distinctive trees that grow very well in my area. I enjoy observing them and find them very appealing plants.

The branches of a monkey puzzle tree provide shade in a botanical garden.
The branches of a monkey puzzle tree provide shade in a botanical garden. | Source

References

Araucaria araucana information from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Monkey puzzle tree facts from Global Trees Campaign

Tips for growing a monkey puzzle tree from the Royal Horticultural Society

Status of the tree on the IUCN Red List

Questions & Answers

  • I have a 5' tall, healthy monkey puzzle tree that I'd like to transplant to my daughter's farm. Can this be done successfully?

    I don't know for certain, but I doubt it. I would think that a tree that is five feet tall would have quite an extensive root system that could be damaged when the tree is dug up and transferred. (The leaves may make removal of the tree painful, too.) I may be wrong, though. It might be a good idea to contact a department of agriculture, a botanical garden, a university professor, or a similar source that has experience with the tree and ask them if they think the transfer is possible.

  • What is being done to prevent the extinction of monkey puzzle trees?

    Attempts to save the monkey puzzle tree are being carried out both within Chile and in Scotland. I know of four conservation projects that are in progress. Rainforest Concern (a registered charity) is working with a Chilean park organization and a Chilean University to maintain and expand the Namuncahue Biological Corridor in southern Chile and the Nasampulli Reserve in the Andes. The corridor links several areas with threatened monkey puzzle trees. The reserve contains forest occupied by the tree.

    The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has imported thousands of monkey puzzle tree seeds from Chile in an attempt to save the genetic diversity of the species. Also, they are growing 700 trees in a greenhouse. The plan is for more than 150 of the trees to be planted at Benmore Botanic Garden in Scotland in the hope of eventually creating the largest monkey puzzle tree forest in cultivation. The tree is said to grow very well in the Scottish climate. Other trees will be sent to different areas in the UK.

    A monkey puzzle tree forest has already been started with forty trees in Perthshire, Scotland. The exact location of the forest is being kept a secret to protect the trees.

  • Can a monkey puzzle tree live in NFLD (Newfoundland and Labrador)?

    I don't know for certain, but I would doubt it. The trees grow well in British Columbia because we have mild winters compared to the rest of Canada. They aren't hurt by the occasional snow that we get. Continuously low temperatures in winter might damage the trees, however. I have heard about some growing in Ontario, but at least some of the monkey puzzle trees there are struggling to survive.

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    • AliciaC profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Crampton 

      2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Ben. I give information about distinguishing male and female cones in the article. The cones must develop in order for a gardener to identify the gender of a tree. Although the female tree is pollinated by wind, the tree must be quite near to the male one in order to provide a good chance of successful pollination. I haven’t seen any reliable information about how far the pollen is likely to travel, however.

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      Ben Casey 

      2 weeks ago

      I understand that the monkey puzzle tree is either male or female, how can we distinguish between the different sexes?

      I live in Sydney Australian and the bunya pine tree grows well here, Bunya pine trees are also male or female

      So I just need a bit of information about the monkey puzzle tree pollination issues

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad the information was helpful, Ibtasam.

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      Ibtasam 

      4 months ago

      Thanks you helped in my homework

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, Charlotte. I've never read any novels by the author that you've mentioned. I'm going to investigate them.

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      Charlotte 

      6 months ago

      had a reference to the Monkey Puzzle Tree in a M.C. Beaton novel, with Hamish McBeth as an important and on-going character. Looked it up, and found this. Thanks. Totally fascinating.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the interesting information.

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      see 

      7 months ago

      seeds are most delicious, like an expanded almond, lightly roasted , tales from s. america make bread from the seed. and every citizen has theright to harvest 600 lb. from public forests.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Yvette. I have no experience in trimming a monkey puzzle tree, but it sounds like a great way to make your neighbour happy. It needs to be done correctly so that it doesn't harm the tree, though. When I did a Google search for "trimming a monkey puzzle tree" or for pruning it, I found some information that should be reliable. The best plan would be to ask a horticulturist in your area for advice because he or she would know about your climate and growing conditions as well as the tree. Good luck with your problem.

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      Yvette 

      8 months ago

      Hello. I live in South Africa , Johannesburg. I have a big tree in my garden. My kids dont play there because of the sharp leaves that fall.

      My neighbour is complaining because the leaves are falling into her yard.

      So the landlord came to look and what we can do. I dont want to take it out but maybe just trim it down???

      I would really appreciate some advice

      Maybe just trim it and cut the branches back? Cut it shorter?

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That sounds like a lovely tree, Angelique. I don't have a monkey puzzle tree myself, but there's one in a garden about a five-minute walk away from my home. I nearly always look at it as I walk by. It's very majestic.

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      Angelique 

      8 months ago

      Hi Linda I live in South Africa and I have one in my garden that is about 30m high. It is a female as it carries the pods.

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      Linda Crampton 

      9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, shanmarie. I'm lucky because it's quite easy to find monkey puzzle trees where I live. People seem to enjoy growing them.

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      Shannon Henry 

      9 months ago from Texas

      Never heard of this tree until now. Glad it was in my news feed and caught my attention. Thanks for the introduction. I hope to see one some day.

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      Linda Crampton 

      9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I hope you do get to see some monkey puzzle trees in real life. They are interesting to examine.

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      Beth Van Houten 

      9 months ago

      I first learned of the monkey puzzle tree from reading Agatha Christie novels. I have always wanted to have one, but I live in the cold Midwest (zone 5). Perhaps I will get to see some on a visit to Portland or even England.

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      Linda Crampton 

      10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Randy. The cones are brown when mature and generally drop to the ground when the seeds are ready to eat.

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      Randy Raney 

      10 months ago

      I opened a pod when it was brown and about two months being that color. Was it to early or too late to get the nuts? The pod was about 6 inches. I got twenty nuts. I've got 4 more pods and they are green now. When should be a good time to pick them for nuts?

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment on my article, c.s. jagadisan.

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      c.s.jagadisan 

      13 months ago

      I am really thankful for those who compiled the article. It is really nice to know that a tree like this exists. Thanks to all for the information.

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing your experience with the tree. As I say, it's not a good idea to stand under the tree when it's dropping cones. Your idea of planting the tree in an unused part of a yard is a good one.

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      Not a good tree for children or front yards. I have one planted in 1950 and it is dangerous. This should be planted in an unused part of the yard or near a neighbor you don't like 

      13 months ago

      These are dangerous and should only be in the far reaches of your yard or preferably near a neighbor you do not like. The one I have was planted in 1950 and has rows of spike daggers that could impale hands or you could stick your face on it. They are nice until someone's eye gets poked out. You will need welding or thick cattle rustler gloves to do any trimming and spiders love to hang out in them. Birds do not frequent as they get impaled. When they get old, the trunk looks like an old elephant or brontosaurus leg, lovely.

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      Linda Crampton 

      16 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's interesting to hear that there are so many monkey puzzle trees in Portland. They are certainly impressive plants! I can understand why you like them so much. I've heard that the resin is useful, though not that it's medicinal. I've never eaten one of the nuts. I'd love to do so.

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      josiah theis 

      16 months ago

      monkey puzzle trees are all over Portland, OR', I know because I loucated hundreds of them, at least 5 locations have a male and female close, hence, viable seeds. I aim to introduce them to oklahoma, several acres at 20' intervals. a forest for people 100 yrs. from now, they are VERY long lived, some recorded 1500 yrs. plus. The resin is medicinal, the nuts nutrional. an all round winner. It coexist3d with dinosaurs, a priminitive conifer, I am totally infatuated wth the species. long live Araucaria!

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      Linda Crampton 

      23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That's a big and important question, chrysathima. I think that stopping the destruction of suitable habitats for the tree, enforcing protection laws, stopping pollution and education of the public are all necessary.

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      chrysathima 

      23 months ago

      how could our society prevent the tree from going extinct?

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Debra. The monkey puzzle tree isn't native to North America, so we can't really classify it as endangered on this continent. I don't know how common the tree is in Florida. I imagine that since it's an introduced plant there would be no problem in removing a tree. Perhaps the Parks Department in your area can give you more information about the tree's status in your state.

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      Debra 

      2 years ago

      Is this tree endangered in Florida? We have one dropping fruit and we would like it removed but are not sure that's possible if it is endangered.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit and the comment, sahil.

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      sahil 

      2 years ago

      M just asked about about monkey puzzle tree in my class today but i didn't heared about it before .But after reading your post i think knew it from long ago thanks for this post

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Don H. The trees that you see could be young monkey puzzle trees. I just did a quick check online and saw a couple of reports saying that the tree is used as a landscaping plant in Florida. It seems to be popular in many places!

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      Don H 

      2 years ago

      Surprised there are no comments from Florida. There are several in lot across the street here in Ft MYers. They look dissimilar from your pics but clearly have the spike nodules all over the trunk. Are they just young trees?

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Robert. I'm sorry, but I don't know of any monkey puzzle tree sellers in Austin. Good luck with your search. I hope you find a tree.

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      Robert Benedetti 

      3 years ago

      I just moved to Austin and would like to purchase a Monkey Puzzle tree for my property. Do you have any local recommendations please. Thanks

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, liamhubpages. It's nice to meet you!

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      liamhubpages 

      3 years ago

      Wow, amazing photos and a great hub! Really enjoyed reading!

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Thelma! I hope you have a very happy weekend, too.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      A beautiful tree! I love it. Thanks for the very good and useful information. Happy weekend! Good night!

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, javr. I think that monkey puzzle trees are very nice, too. Thanks for the visit.

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      javr 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Monkey Puzzles are very nice trees. I didn't know that they were endangered.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the votes and the shares, Patsybell! I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I have never heard of this tree before your informative hub. Now I will notice it when I visit botanical Parks. Voted up, U, I, tweet Pin.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes, the tree and its name are intriguing! Thanks for the comment, ReviewsfromSandy.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Interesting tree. Just like its name.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for the votes and all the shares, Peggy! I appreciate your support. It's interesting that the Pacific Northwest is such a good area for monkey puzzle trees. I'm happy that this is the case, though, because it gives me the opportunity to observe the tree.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have a photo of one taken on one of our trips to the Pacific Northwest and it was either in Oregon, Washington or up in Vancouver. Will have to look at my photo albums! Thanks for filling in some information about them that I did not know. Up votes and happy to G+, pin, and share on HP.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, newbizmau. I find it interesting that the monkey puzzle tree changes its appearance so dramatically, too!

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      Maurice Glaude 

      3 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I loved reading through all the history. So interesting the difference in how it looks at a young age to fully mature.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit, Rebecca. I agree with you - the monkey puzzle tree is both unusual and beautiful!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What an unusual (and beautiful) tree! Thanks for making it's plight of endangerment known!

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Heidi. It's nice to meet you!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      3 years ago from GRENADA

      Very interesting tree! Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment and congratulations, ecogranny! Monkey puzzle trees are certainly distinctive. I think they're lovely trees.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      It is easy to see why this hub received the Best All Around Hub for 2014. It is indeed exemplary. Congratulations!

      I had never seen a monkey puzzle tree until I moved to the San Francisco Bay area. They are quite distinctive, and I marvel each time I come across another. I did not realize they were native to South America, nor that they could survive cold weather.

      Beautifully written article. Thank you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, Nadine. I appreciate your visit. How interesting that you had a monkey puzzle tree in front of your home!

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      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Linda what an interesting hub, and just for your information, the photo of the first monkey puzzle tree was the Tree that was in front of the home that burned down in my article about my precognition dream. Never knew that they are endangered trees.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the congratulations, Adventuretravels!

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      Giovanna 

      4 years ago from Perth UK

      I find these trees fascinating. There's a big one near my house, I'll now look at it in a completely different light! Thanks for this and CONGRATULATIONS on your well deserved award.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, Prasetio. It's great to hear from you again! I hope things are going well for you,

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      prasetio30 

      4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and I have never knew about this plant. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Again, I learn from you. Good job and Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, ladyguitarpicker. I would love to have a home in the woods! Trees, plants and forest animals are so interesting to observe. Thank you for the comment.

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      stella vadakin 

      4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi AliciaC , I really liked reading this hub. I have never seen a tree like this one. I have a home in the woods and have many different kinds of trees.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, RTalloni. Those seeds for eating are expensive. It sounds like we either need to grow our own seeds or move to South America to get a reasonable price!

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      Such a neat post about this amazing tree. It reminded me of a palm tree when I first saw the picture of the mature ones. Though it would be a shame to cut the remaining trees, the wood sounds lovely. I enjoyed learning about it. Would love to see a mature one in real life. I checked to see if seeds for eating might be for sale and the first listing is 24 seeds for 24.99! Another has a better price, offering 100 seeds for 80.99.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Venkatachari M. I appreciate your comment.

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting hub. You have given it a good detailed narration with beautiful images to make it a wonderful quality hub. Thank you for sharing.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind comment, shara63!

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      Farhat 

      4 years ago from Delhi

      Congratulations....they really did justice...it's a wonderful hub..indeed!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment and the congratulations, Dianna. I appreciate them both very much! I hope you're able to find a monkey puzzle tree.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I am going to have to see if our local botanical garden has one of these trees. It is a shame that they are endangered. I always enjoy your posts and come away much more informed about the topics. Congratulations on your Hubbie Award!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never heard of the Ylang-Ylang tree before. Thank you for the comment and for introducing me to a new plant!

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      David B Katague 

      4 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      I love and enjoy reading hubs about trees, flowers and other ornamental. This tree reminds me of my Ylang-Ylang trees in my gardens at Chateau Du Mer, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, goatfury. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment! I appreciate it very much.

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      Andrew Smith 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      This is an absolutely beautiful article, ripe with great media as well. I have very little interest in the subject matter, but after looking through it, I'm interested in learning more. Wow.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Nell. Thanks for the comment. I think that monkey puzzle trees are amazing, too!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Hi, I haven't thought about a monkey puzzle tree in years! How fascinating! I had totally forgotten about them, and they live for a thousand years? Wow! this was great reading Alicia, I learned so much about this amazing tree.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Paula. I hope your daughter enjoys the article if she reads it.

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      Paula Atwell 

      4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      My daughter thinks she wants to go to college to become a botanist. I will encourage her to read this.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Audrey. Yes, monkey puzzle trees are very interesting. I enjoy observing the ones in my neighbourhood.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Such an interesting tree--we have one that looks somewhat like this not too far from us--now I will have to go take a better look at it

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much, GoodLady! I appreciate your visit and your very kind congratulations and comment a great deal. I hope you're having a great holiday! I'll send you an email.

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      Penelope Hart 

      4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Congratulations ! So happy you won the award. All your Hubs are wonderfully informative. I look forward to learning all about the tree when I get back home after my holidays. I sent you an e, but you must have changed your address.

      You so deserve your award. X

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Paula. Monkey puzzle trees are interesting, but they aren't very well known in some areas. I've always lived in places where they grow well, so I'm used to seeing them!

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      Paula Atwell 

      4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Congrats and I have to say not only have I never encountered one of these, I have never heard of them before.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the second visit and the congratulations, joanveronica! I hope that the monkey puzzle tree is getting some publicity. It's a very worthy tree to protect!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 

      4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Alicia, congratulations on winning that prize! And I'm so happy that the Araucaria tree is getting so much publicity, it's nice to think that an indigenous product of my area of the world, is getting so well known and admired by so many readers. Here in Chile they are a protected species, they can't be cut down except with a special authorization from the Forestry area of the Ministry of Agriculture (CONAF). Congratulations once again!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind comment and the congratulations, Randy! I'm happy to meet someone else who thinks that monkey puzzle trees are beautiful and interesting.

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I thought I knew a lot about odd trees until I read this hub, Alicia. If I lived in a cooler climate I would have to grow one these beautiful and interesting trees.

      Congratulation on your well deserved Hubbie award on this fine article. It is well earned. :)

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the congratulations, Mary! I appreciate your visit and comment. I am very honored by the win and grateful for the award.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on winning the Best All Around Hub! What an honor. It is a stellar Hub for sure.

      Very interesting to read and informative. I'd sure like to see one of these trees!

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for the very kind comment and the lovely congratulations, Faith!! I appreciate your visit. Congratulations to you on your very well deserved Hubbie award, too! Blessings and best wishes to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the congratulations, aka-rms!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Congratulations, dear Alicia!!! This hub is certainly Best All-Around Hub! All of your hubs are truly fantastic.

      Blessings and love always

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      Robin S 

      4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations. I can see why this one won. Very interesting!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much, Austinstar! I appreciate your kind comment and congratulations.

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      Lela 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Congratulations on winning the Best All-Around Hub! And, by Jove, it's a great hub indeed!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It sounds like you have a very interesting garden, grand old lady! The monkey puzzle tree certainly looks very different at different stages of its life. I'd love to find one hiding in my garden!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      I now know that I have a monkey puzzle tree! I have no idea how my garden grows, but different plants emerge from it, then die. Then new plants and bushes come up. I can only blame it on pollination. Definintely I don't plant seeds. But the monkey tree, we have. Interesting to know there are many varieties of monkey trees as well.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Vellur. I appreciate your comment and vote.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, interesting and informative. Monkey puzzle trees look wonderfully unique, great photos. Voted up.

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