Cones, from the land that time forgot


Wollemia nobilis, the Wollemi Pine, was thought to have been long extinct, being only known from the fossil record, with fossils dating back to 200 million years ago.  In 1994, the discovery of a hundred or so living trees growing in a gorge north-west of Sydney, Australia, made headline news across the world.  Propagated in their thousands they were made available commercially and now anyone can grow this strange and ancient tree - and we do.  The tree here is now developing male cones, dangling from the tips of the branches like warty-catkins.  Despite it's interesting history, our gardener is less than impressed, and says "it really is a remarkably dull plant".

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