This evergreen conifer dates to the Jurassic period

This evergreen conifer dates to the Jurassic period

Some trees are fantastic for tree-houses. Some trees are not. Guess which classification this a

Some trees are fantastic for tree-houses. Some trees are not. Guess which classification this a single fits into?

It’s a conifer, and like all conifers will deliver no bouquets. Instead the seeds (and pollen) are developed on the scales of cone-like buildings — which can conveniently be known as “cones.” (“Strobilus” is the extravagant phrase for a cone.)

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Most conifers are evergreen: the northern Larch and our stately bald cypress are conifers, but these two drop all of their foliage each winter.

This week’s mysterious conifer (Monkey-puzzle tree, Araucaria araucana) is an evergreen species which will make a stout trunk if supplied enough time, and its substantial limbs will be adorned with relatively triangular leaves.