Monkey Puzzle Trees, Y'all

Oct. 16, 2011 at 6:43pm

Monkey Puzzle Team

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.

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Oct. 15, 2011 at 3:54pm

Irene & St. Francis [Lakewood]

Another tree from @lianaleslie. Must be the talk of the entire subdivision!

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Sep. 21, 2011 at 9:15pm

Point Defiance Zoo (near main gate)

(Today's M.P.T. brought to you by @lianaleslie.)


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Sep. 20, 2011 at 8:01pm

A mere sapling: N. 11th St. & N. L St.

Even though this particular specimen is pretty close to a path I walk regularly, I'd missed it until tonight. Why? Because it's a Monkey Puzzle goddamn Sapling which is to say, it is not two or three as tall as all the other trees on the block.

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Sep. 18, 2011 at 3:31pm

N. 4th St. & N. J St.

Across J St. from the Apostolic Faith Church.


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Sep. 13, 2011 at 6:00pm

N. Steele & N. L St.

Just down the street from Dave's

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Sep. 12, 2011 at 6:39pm

N. 9th & Ainsworth

Today's specimen. Behind the M.P.T. you can see a bit of tonight's enlivening blue-gold sky.

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Sep. 11, 2011 at 1:48pm

The Monkey Puzzle

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.

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