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Meet the Monkey Puzzle Tree: Ashland Tree of the Year 1990

By John Yunker,

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.

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Meet the Monterey Cypress: Ashland Tree of the Year 2004

By John Yunker,

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.

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Meet the Pacific Madrone: Ashland Tree of the Year 2006

By John Yunker,

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!

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