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 cunninghamii
Hoop pine

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54deg 35.010N
5deg 56.008W
Araucaria cunninghamii 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 heterophylla) 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 Palm House

Araucaria cunninghamii foliage

Araucaria cunninghamii in Belfast Botanic Gardens Palm House Foliage of Araucaria cunninghamii
Distinctive bark 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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