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Araucaria in Northern Florida

Posted by rhizo_1 7a AL (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 1, 14 at 7:15

We are visiting family in Ponte Vedra for a few days and in doing the usual sight seeing, we've noticed an Araucaria of some kind used commonly in the landscape. It's even tucked into little pocket gardens in St. Augustine.

It sure doesn't look like Norfolk Island Pine to me (at all), but everybody else believes otherwise.
Any ideas what it might be? Doesn't have the appearance of Araucaria araucana, either.

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RE: Araucaria in Northern Florida

I live in Gainesville and am familiar with all conifers planted in the region. What you most likely saw were Araucaria columnaris - which is commonly mistaken for NIP, A. heterophylla. It is widely planted in central and southern Florida. It is not hardy in inland locations in north Florida and even in Ponte Vedra they are short-lived. Araucaria bidwilii is rarely found up here, but there are a few around. Not common anywhere and if you saw any in Ponte Vedra, it would have been 1 or maybe 2 at best in the whole town.

RE: Araucaria in Northern Florida

Thank you so much for your help, salicaceae...I believe that you've nailed the ID on this plant. It's an interesting looking tree, but looks very out of place to my eyes.

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