Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
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.
is the tallest tree in the Palm House, reaching up into the dome. The species
is found in the dry rain forests of New South Wales, Queensland and New Guinea.
It is related to the Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana
), a conifer
from South America and the Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria
which is also grown in the Palm House. It is not frost-hardy
enough to grow out of doors in Ireland (said to be frost hardy only to -1degC).
Hoop pine is a valuable timber used for construction and furniture and as
plywood; it is grown in commercial forests in Queensland. The wood is pale
coloured with a straight grain.
|Araucaria cunninghamii in Belfast Botanic Gardens
||Foliage of Araucaria cunninghamii
| Bark of Araucaria cunninghamii
|Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2014. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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