Coral Reef Auaucaria or Caledonia Pine - Araucaria columnaris
An ideal screening and windbreak tree, something that will take the most extreme weather -even the cape flats and notorious South Easters. Another big bonus is the needle like leaves, unlike other species in this family make it vandal proof and unlikely to be stolen once planted. This spectacular conifer tree is also known as the Coral reef araucaria, Cook pine or New Caledonia pine. This tree originally comes from New Caledonia which is located east of Australia. It was first classified by Captain James Cook (A botanist) on his second trip to go as far south as possible on the world map. The Coral reef araucaria is known for being narrow and tall, as it grows up to 60m tall in its natural habitat.Its young leaves are needle-like as seen in the picture on the right. Interestingly enough it can be confused with the Norfolk Island pine due to its similar physical characteristics.The Coral reef araucaria grows well in coastal conditions, which is great news for Cape Town and the surrounding areas! The Araucaria columnaris is a wonderful street tree, a great ornamental tree for your own garden or it can be used for wind breaking purposes along beaches.
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