...is this plausible? My parents have a house and some lakefront property in the West Kootenays around the town of Burton (somewhere between Nakusp and Fauquier). They seem pretty keen on me bringing them home a young Monkey Puzzle Tree or two come springtime, but I'm not entirely convinced that they could grow them there outdoors. Although the temperature doesn't get particularly low there, the summers can be pretty hot and dry at times. They are getting an irrigation system put in early in the spring this year, but I still don't know. Besides which, there's quite a bit of cloud cover and snow during the winter there. Here's a climate summary I found on the internet for nearby Nakusp: "Climate. The climate of the area is characterized by a cool, snowy winter and a relatively warm summer. Valley level cloud cover is quite extensive throughout the winter months. As a result of the mountain topography there is considerable local and sub-regional micro-climatic variations over short distances (Rain in town can quickly turn into several feet of snow a few miles down a side road). Mean annual temperature at Nakusp is approximately 7.3Â° C, with a mean maximum of 12.3Â° C and a mean minimum of 2.3Â° C. Mean annual precipitation is 601 mm. The distribution of precipitation is fairly strong year round, with a notable increase in precipitation days per month during the winter. Snowfall in the valley bottom at Nakusp is common from late November to early March, whereas rainfall is possible throughout the year. There is enough snowfall on the surrounding mountain tops to support a viable Heliskiing operation daily, from December through to March. Vegetation growth is lush, providing the area with thick forest and extensive wildlife habitat (CORE, 1994; MoF, 1994; Wilson, 1973)." I wish I could find more weather information specific to the area, because it is relatively mild compared to its surroundings. I have never seen a Monkey Puzzle Tree being grown in the area, but there are those who grow kiwis in town (albeit quite likely the more winter-hardy variety) as well as a variety of other fruits like cherries, strawberries, apricots, apples, etc. I know that the lake they live on (a stretch of the Upper Arrow) never freezes, if this is indicative of anything important and the garden area has very little gain in elevation from the beach. Anyways, all and any advice would be greatly appreciated.