Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Araucaria heterophylla
Norfolk Island Pine pine

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54deg 35.010N
5deg 56.008W
This month we are staying in the relative warmth of the palm house to look at a member of the monkey puzzle family. The familiar monkey puzzle, Araucara araucana, is hardy and has thrived in Northern Ireland since introduced shortly after 1844. It is now an icon of the Victorian age that is still planted in totally unsuitable front gardens where it can grow to over 30m high! The Norfolk Island pine is much less well known as it is frost tender surviving out of doors only on Tresco in the British Isles. It is one of the most striking and elegant trees when fully grown with an amazing symmetry. It is native to one Island north of New Zealand but is cultivated in many warm countries round the world.The two trees in the palm house are only a few years old, but are already quite striking.
Araucaria heterophylla branch

Araucaria heterophylla trunk

Araucaria heterophylla detail

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Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2014. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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