Plant ID forum→Florida -- Monkey puzzle tree?

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Valrico, Florida
parath
Apr 20, 2020 8:04 PM CST
Hello, what kind of tree is this? Is this a monkey puzzle tree, and if so, what kind? We live in Florida and have always been curious about this tree on our property as it has the most unique branches and towers over the other oak trees. The pictures aren't great (a lot of other trees in the picture), but you can get a better shot by the dried brown spiky leaves on the ground. Thank you!

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 20, 2020 8:48 PM CST
Welcome!

From what I can see, its a Bunya Bunya tree - Araucaria bidwillii. We had one in our yard in California. The only thing taller than it were the redwood trees (the oaks were dwarfed). In the fall, it dropped cones that weighed about 15 pounds. My children always thought we should put caution tape around it. Smiling
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Valrico, Florida
parath
Apr 20, 2020 8:56 PM CST
Thanks! We've never seen any large cones but that's crazy!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Apr 20, 2020 9:41 PM CST
Sometimes the cones disintegrate on impact. Even if they land whole, they quickly fall apart.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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