Common name: Monkey Puzzle Tree, Chilean Pine
Araucaria araucana was a Tree of the Month in 2010. We have several specimens in the Garden, but the one in the middle of the Maze died a few years ago, probably from compacted soil caused by the patter of many feet finding their way to the centre. Another large specimen in the Southern Hemisphere Garden died suddenly in the summer of 2011, probably from Phytophthora root rot.
It's also possible that this tree inspired the name of delicious monkey bread.
Photo by Leslie Connolly.