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Araucaria bidwillii - Bunya-Bunya Tree

Araucaria bidwillii - Bunya-Bunya Tree (Araucaria bidwillii - Bunya-Bunya Tree)

Bunya-Bunya Trees are pretty widely grown in California, however, not as popular as the Norfolk Island Pine. They grow very tall and have huge cones. Photo taken March 1, 2009.

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They are magnificent aren't they?

2 Mar, 2009


They are magnificent! The most beautiful one I've ever seen was in the San Francisco Bay Area City of Hayward at the main library. It is probably twice this size of this posted tree and the most beautifully symmetrical Bunya-Bunya tree I've ever seen....and I believe it's on the list of the most exceptional trees in California.

It has a heavy duty lath structure around and below the tree. Because the cones could kill someone if one fell on them. The cones weigh up to 18 pounds / 8.2 kg

2 Mar, 2009


Ouch! That could do some damage.

2 Mar, 2009



Thanks for sharing all the very interesting information with the GoY members.

They are beautiful ancient trees from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

I do remember reading a lot of this information years ago...and was so very interested in any tree in the Araucariaceae family. Luckily, we can grow virtually all genera and species here in California. Although there's some species that are not very common. Balboa Park has the largest amount of species I've seen growing in California. (not to say it is the largest species collection in the state)

The information on the Hayward Bunya-Bunya tree was very interesting also. They build a steel lath structure below the tree years ago...because one cone that feel from this tree weighed almost 28 lbs/ 12.7 kg and almost killed someone. It was in the newspaper and T.V. News in the late 1970's.

3 Mar, 2009


Is this the same Araucaria Angustifolia?

9 Mar, 2009



Araucaria angustifolia - Candelabra Pine or Pinheiro-do-paranĂ¡ a different species. There's many species of Araucaria, and they are all native to the Southern Hemisphere.

This tree grows in California also...actually most Araucaria species grow very well in California. Although some species are more common than others.

14 Mar, 2009


That has to be near a record for the state. Very tall.

21 Jan, 2018

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