Just a few yards from the Monterey Cypress (Tree of the Year 2004) is a statuesque Spanish Fir (Tree of the Year 2008), shown here:
The Spanish Fir is also known as Abies Pinsapo in its native country.
The picture doesn’t convey just how tall this tree is. If you’re visiting Ashland, I recommend a visit to the corner of Wimer and Scenic Drive, where you’ll find not one but two Trees of the Year.
Here’s a Google Map of this tree and others.
When I first heard of a tree called the Monkey Puzzle, I went straight to Wikipedia.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that this tree is native to western Argentina and central and southern Chile (and is the national tree of Chile). It’s a very old species of tree, referred to as a “living fossil.” And its scientific name is Araucaria araucana, which means I’ll be sticking with calling it the Monkey Puzzle.
As you can see, this is a challenging tree to photograph It is located on a steep hill and I found that whenever I visited I was always shooting into a bright sky. It didn’t help much that I have no idea how to adjust the light settings on my camera. But you’ll have to trust me when I say the branches are green.
When I zoom in you can get a better sense for its branches — and it quickly becomes apparent how this tree earned its nickname.
You can find the Monkey Puzzle on this Google Map I’ve assembled.
During a break in the rain today we snuck outside and captured a few photos of Ashland’s Tree of the Year from 2004, the Monterey Cypress:
This tree has been around since the early 1900s and it appears close to outgrowing its yard.
Here is a closer view of the trunk:
You can see the full list of Ashland’s honorary trees here.
And here’s more information on the Monterey Cypress.
Arbor Day may be still a few weeks away but here in Oregon we like to get things started early.
This week is officially Arbor Week — a uniquely Oregonian tradition.
In the spirit of the week, I present Ashland’s Tree of the Year from 2006 — the Pacific Madrone:
The tree lives at the center of Ashland’s Mountain View Cemetery (the subject of a future blog post).
I’ll pull back a bit so you can look up at the Madrone:
And here’s a final photo from the distance:
You can see the full list of Ashland’s Trees of the Year here.
Happy Arbor Week!