Please help ID Tree in Germany

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Glenda Brown, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Glenda Brown

    Glenda Brown Member

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    Recently I visited Munster, Germany and saw a wonderful tree in one of the local gardens.

    I am quite certain that it is not native to Germany and I would be very grateful if someone could identify it for me.

    Evergreen - about 60 feet tall - shaped like a Norway Spruce with long drooping branches totally covered in thick pine-cone like scales. Bark was scale-like also

    Looks like something from a Sci-Fi movie or the Stone Age. My family teased me because I was totally fascinated by this exotic thing!

    Thanks Glenda Brown
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Sounds like the monkey puzzle tree.
     
  3. Glenda Brown

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    Hi Ron

    Wow, that was a speedy response. Just looked at images for your suggestion and yes indeed my mystery tree is a Monkey Puzzle! Thank you so much. Now I can get information for my trip scrap book to go with the many shots I took of MY TREE!

    Once again thanks.
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Not hardy in Ontario, it needs mild winters.
     

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    Wow also. You are scary good Ron B.
    Was the biggest clue from the description of the plant as being "covered in thick pine-cone like scales"?

    Thanks for the post Glenda. And Michael, thank you for posting the images, fascinating plant indeed.
     
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    Chooch Active Member 10 Years

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    Monkey Puzzle may not be ' young seedling winter hardy ' but at present I know there are a few gardening folks attempting to grow 3 + year old plants in the warmest sections of Ontario ( Niagara to Windsor corridor ) Some SW Ontario gardeners are having success with Magnolia Grandiflora cultivars even tho the plants look very sickly for the first winter or two .
    If you cannot grow Monkey Puzzle because of the cold hardiness factor then try the much hardier AND less dangerous , sciadopitys verticillata AKA Umbrella Pine . Happy Growing !!
     
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    I am uncertain if the Umbrella Pine (Sciadopity v.) will thrive in SW Ontario, but good luck!
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Sciadopitys should be perfectly hardy in southern Ontario - it'll take at least -30°C no problems, whereas Araucaria araucana is killed if it drops much below -20°C.
     

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