Hailing from a geologically ancient genus of plants which includes the familiar houseplant the Norfolk Island Pine, the common name of this remarkable species was bestowed since it was thought that climbing this tree would cause great consternation to a monkey. Its requirement of a climate with both mild winters and summers makes this a special tree for our little corner of Canada.
Central and South America
Lower slopes of the Chilean and Argentinian south-central Andes, typically above 1000m, in regions with heavy snowfall in winter. Soils with good drainage.