Norfolk Island Pine, Star Pine Araucaria heterophylla
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Norfolk Island Pine, Star Pine
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Our seed comes from Hawaii and is a hybrid between A. heterophylla and A. columnaris. The differences are very small between the 2 species.
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Growing Info, follow in order:
sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* The scientific name heterophylla ("different leaves") derives from the variation in the leaves between young and adult plants.
* Captain James Cook first sighted Norfolk Island in 1774 and saw these tall Araucaria heterophylla trees. At first these were thought of as very useful trees to produce the masts of the ships, as they are straight, tall and the side branches come off easily. Captain Cook took seeds and planted them at several locations along his journey as to have 'spare mast' material at different locations. Later on it was found that the wood was not resilient enough for ships masts.
* The tree is endemic to Norfolk Island , a small island in the Pacific Ocean between Australia , New Zealand and New Caledonia.