Well there have been so many threads and posts about monkey trees on here, I am just hoping there is still some expertise around on the subject. I received a couple of monkey tree seeds and a cutting by an enthusiastic homeowner who saw my partner admiring her tree - he was taking a picture of it for me. Just the day before I had asked him to keep an eye out for female monkey trees, and he ended up driving right by this one during his workday! She has propagated from seed many times before and she said the seeds were good however I've read that they don't normally drop seed this early. I'm in Zone 9 and we had some unseasonable heat this spring so I will take a chance and keep them moist for 2 months to see what happens. Now, she seemed to think that I can propagate from a cutting. I have read instructions on how to do so online but they were brief to say the least, and I have also read that cuttings will never grow straight up into a tree unless they are vertical. The only vertical cutting being the top of the tree this seems practically impossible. Well, I'm probably going to try anyway and see what happens, so I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions. I have propagated many plants from cuttings however nothing woody and none with such a thick protective outer layer. I can't help but wonder if peeling off the leaves from the very bottom where it touches soil would help roots to form. Any input would be appreciated. Interestingly, there were just a few male cones on the otherwise female tree. She said it is the first time in 3 years it has produced male cones. I understand the monoecious monkey trees are rare specimens and was surprised to learn this can change over time as well. I know there are a number of sea creatures which can change sex based on reproductive necessity or relative maturity, so I'm wondering if there are certain conditions under which the trees do this dynamically (ie perhaps any female tree can produce male cones if pollination is not occurring). There must be something that brings this change about? For the monkey tree historians around, this homeowner had an interesting story. Some decades ago her and her husband set out on a quest for a secret Vancouver Island monkey tree grove. Apparently they had heard from someone who planted a number of monkey trees on a remote mountain side North island in the 70's, and they were looking for it. They never did find it but I was wondering if anyone else had heard of this hidden monkey tree forest.