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Monkey Puzzle Tree
Araucaria araucana

Location: Cedar Blvd.
District: Newark
Native to: S. America
Tree type: conifer
Leaf retention: evergreen

Comments: Native to Chile and Argentina, this evergreen conifer can grow to 100' with a 40' spread. Distinguished from the Bunya bunya pine by broader and stiffer leaves that cover branches and trunk. Fossil records indicate this species dates back 60 million years.
(9/19/04) This tree is gone--perhaps overwatered or killed by pesticides.

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NOTICE: This specimen is located on private property.  DO NOT TRESPASS!  No right to enter private property to view the specimen tree is granted by the Roadside Arboretum.  To prevent the transfer of disease and other considerations, do not touch or take samples from the specimen tree or any other plants on the property.

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Illustration by Hugh Danaher