Top Tip 2 – Plant A Tree

Plant a tree! Roughly 15 billion trees in the world are cut down each year, so we could help replace them by planting a tree of our own. Tree’s provide oxygen which enables people to breathe, they also provide shelter and food for animals such as squirrels and owls.

Did you know there is a tree called the Monkey Puzzle Tree? Take a look below to learn more.

About the Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree, (Araucaria araucana), also called Chile pine, an evergreen ornamental and timber conifer of the family Araucariaceae, native to the Andes Mountains of South America. Although the tree was declared a natural monument in Chile in 1976 to afford it protection from logging, the species is considered endangered in its native habitat because of illegal felling activity and habitat fragmentation.

Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana).

Female cones on a Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana).

The Monkey Puzzle Tree may grow to a height of 45–50 metres (150–164 feet) with a diameter of 2.5 metres (8 feet) and may live for more than 700 years. Its spiral arrangement of rigid needle-pointed leaves along stiff branches inspired its common name, evoked by a comment about the challenge this prickly network might pose to climbing monkeys. The plants are usually dioecious, meaning male and female cones are most commonly borne on separate individuals. The female cones are somewhat spherical in shape and can produce about 200 edible seeds.

Branch of the Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana), an evergreen ornamental and timber conifer native to the Andes mountains of South America.