TQ5740 : Monkey Puzzle Tree

taken 4 years ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

Monkey Puzzle Tree
Monkey Puzzle Tree
Araucaria araucana Tree
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.
St John's Recreation Ground :: TQ5840
A small recreation ground off St John's Road.
Facilities include: extended play area, Multi ball-games area, Bowls green, 3 tennis courts, Meadow land, Toilets. St John's Recreation Ground opened in 1900.
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Date Taken
Friday, 31 May, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5797 4071 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.6318N 0:15.4157E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5795 4071
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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