OT, Araucaria talk

brown.mark brown.mark@wanadoo.fr
Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:10:05 PDT
I am trying other species outside here in nothern France.I have gone through 
last winter with Araucaria heterophylla.It looks a bit singed though.I have 
many others that will go out soon.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Grimshaw" <j.grimshaw@virgin.net>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 7:55 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] OT, Araucaria talk

> Jim McKenney wrote: So now I wonder: is A. bidwillii grown in the
> UK in the open garden? Does it become large enough to fruit?
> It is easiest to reply by providing the text for my account of Araucaria
> bidwillii that will appear in my forthcoming book 'New Trees, 
> Introductions
> to Cultivation 1970-2005' which will be published by the Royal Botanic
> Gardens, Kew, in about a year's time.
> (formal description omitted)
> The Bunya Pine is a magnificent tree in its native Queensland, and is 
> grown
> quite widely in Australia and elsewhere for its ornamental value (Elliott 
> &
> Jones 1982). Mature trees are somewhat hazardous on account of the risk of
> being hit by a falling cone. At present there seems to be little risk of
> this in our area [North America north of San Francisco and the NC/SC
> boundary, Europe north of the Mediterranean basin], where A. bidwillii is 
> on
> the very edge of its tolerance, even in the mildest locations. It has
> however reached 11 m (33 cm dbh) in the past at Glendurgan, Cornwall 
> record from 1965) and the current British and Irish champion is a 6 m
> specimen at Earlscliffe, Baily, Co. Dublin (TROBI). It is therefore worth
> the attempt in the mildest coastal areas of Europe and western North
> America, but great size and longevity are perhaps too much to hope for.
> TROBI = Tree Register of the British Isles
> I'd better get on with the book itself!
> John Grimshaw
> Dr John M. Grimshaw
> Sycamore Cottage
> Colesbourne
> Nr Cheltenham
> Gloucestershire GL53 9NP
> Tel. 01242 870567
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