Araucaria araucana

When we lived in Vancouver in the 80’s, we rented the top floor of a house near Cambie. There were two mature Monkey Puzzle trees on the front lawn.  Hailing from Chile, Araucaria araucana is perfectly hardy here on Vancouver Island. I spotted this tiny little specimen on sale at 40% off and thought why not?  It will go on the front lawn, as aimagen homage to our apartment in Vancouver. I doubt if I’ll live to see it reach its maximum height of 50′, but I plan to enjoy every minute of its young life.  It will be pyramidal and very sculptural for a long time to come. It makes me smile every time I look at it!


Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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