Plant ID forum: Help me id a tree by description

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Name: Nyssa
(Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
Nyssa
Feb 28, 2017 7:56 PM CST
I am trying to get the name of a tree i saw a couple times years ago. I took a photo of it but lost the photo so i can only go by my memory of it.

It is an evergreen with branches that curve upward.
The branches are widely spaced apart. So it does not look bushy.
It is very clean looking, as if it were made of plastic.
I dont recall ever seeing cones on it or around it, but i never looked for them.

It seems to be an uncommon tree since i have only seen two of them ever. One of them was in a front yard in my city, but the owner took the tree out so i cant go back and take a picture of it again. The second one i saw, i was out of town but i don't remember where I was at the time, so i can't go back there either.

I have tried googling evergreen trees, but none of the one pictured match the one i want to find.
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Name: greene
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greene
Feb 28, 2017 7:58 PM CST
In what city was this tree observed?
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Name: Nyssa
(Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
Nyssa
Feb 28, 2017 8:03 PM CST
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ctcarol
Feb 28, 2017 8:20 PM CST
Maybe Norfolk Island Pine?
Name: Nyssa
(Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
Nyssa
Feb 28, 2017 10:41 PM CST
ctcarol said:Maybe Norfolk Island Pine?


I googled it. Good guess. It has the wide separation of branches, and the upward curve, but the needles/leaves are wrong. The norfolk island pine looks like its needles/leaves all point up or only occur on the upper side of the branches, and they look kind of wide/long like fern leaves. The tree i am looking for has short needles all around, like the kind on a typical a Christmas tree.
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Calif_Sue
Mar 1, 2017 12:15 AM CST

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Norfolk Island Pine is just one variety of Araucaria, here is another possibility.

Click on the plant name above the image to see close-up of leaves,
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Name: Nyssa
(Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
Nyssa
Mar 1, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Calif_Sue said:Norfolk Island Pine is just one variety of Araucaria, here is another possibility.

Click on the plant name above the image to see close-up of leaves,


That could be it, thanks! I guess since it says it is endangered, i wouldnt be able to find one for sale anywhere? Do you happen to know if this tree loses its needles at all or has cones?
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Mar 1, 2017 11:03 AM CST

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If you click on the plant name, it shows a photo of the cones. It's evergreen so does not loose the needles.
Here is some more info:
http://www.kew.org/science-con...

I Googled "buy monkey puzzle tree online" and found several sources.
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Henhouse
Mar 1, 2017 11:11 AM CST
My monkey puzzle tree has not set cones, but it is getting crowded by other trees.. The "needles" are flattened and sharp, so they are unlike a christmas tree.
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