Monkey Puzzle Trees, Y'all
Oct. 16, 2011 at 6:43pm
The Monkey Puzzle Team is posting trees in a variety of locations (not constrained to our fair city) on Twitter: @MP_MF_Tree.
Since I do my best to not leave the center of the earth, I'm grateful for Monkey Puzzle Teammates who are posting trees found in other places.
Oct. 15, 2011 at 3:54pm
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Sep. 11, 2011 at 1:48pm
After I moved to Tacoma -- about a year ago -- a friend asked me if the monkey puzzle tree was still to be found at the old Elks Temple.
I wasn't sure what this tree was. The venue, sure, it was an early Tacoma landmark for me: when I get off the light rail, and walk up the steps on my way home, that's it. But a monkey puzzle tree? I had no idea.
Have a century or so: first, there was no monkey puzzle tree; then somebody planted the thing, way too close to the building (we must assume/hope it was "garden tree" sized at the time); and then it just never stopped growing; and today you have one of Tacoma's great unused buildings, street art, steps up and down to (almost) nowhere, and a giant, unhelpful colossus of a tree, now an appropriate matter for the appropriate commission to rule on.
So: what the hell are these things? Who brought them here, and why? Are monkey puzzle nuts any good? Only one way to find out.