TQ5738 : Snow covered Monkey Puzzle Tree, Eridge Rd

taken 8 years ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

Snow covered Monkey Puzzle Tree, Eridge Rd
Snow covered Monkey Puzzle Tree, Eridge Rd
Commonly known as a Monkey Puzzle tree, it is a slow growing evergreen tree growing up to 40 m tall with a 2 m trunk diameter. It is native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina. It is the hardiest species of the conifer genus Araucaria.
The tree usually has male and female cones on separate trees and is a wind pollinated. The seeds are usually dispersed by birds and squirrels. They are edible, similar to large pinenuts. However the tree does not yield seeds until it is around 30 to 40 years old. It is tolerant of temperatures down to -20C, and coastal salt spray.
It was originally found in Chile in the 1780s and is the national tree of Chile.

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TQ5738, 448 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 7 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 18 January, 2010
Category
Tree   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 577 385 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.4448N 0:15.1263E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 576 385
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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