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    Post by Glad E Olah on Tue 23 Nov 2010, 6:04 am

    This plant is unique in its design. It looks like in a fern family more than a pine. Does it smell like a pine tree? I must remember the plants will look different for your area than for mine.

    Beautiful plant.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 23 Nov 2010, 8:56 am

    Thanks Glad. It is a beautiful plant & it is very special. We feel privileged to have one. They aren't a true pine such as pinus radiata but are called a pine because they are coniferous.Their scientific name is wollemia nobilis. No, they don't have a "pine" smell nor have needles &, yes, they do have a fern-like appearance rather similar to the bed of a sword-type fern, in the ground, beside it.

    These trees are a member of the small family Araucariaceae which includes the Norfolk Island, Hoop, Bunya, Kauri & Monkey Puzzle pines. These are all Southern Hemisphere trees.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 2:44 pm

    A couple of images from yesterday which will show just how quickly the Wollemi pine grows during its spring growth spurt. This is better than last year's growth. Doesn't seem to grow much through the rest of the year, though.

    This is only six days after the last images.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 2:46 pm

    A closer view of the top part of the Wollemi pine.

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    Post by Dawn on Tue 30 Nov 2010, 4:19 pm

    Joy wrote:Wollemi Pine. The growth can come in some weird shapes.



    The new growth "unfolds" I am almost waiting for it to flan out like a deck of cards . It is an awesome plant.
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    Post by Dawn on Tue 30 Nov 2010, 4:19 pm

    What are their root systems like Joy!
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    Post by Joy on Tue 30 Nov 2010, 5:39 pm

    Dawn wrote:What are their root systems like Joy!

    Not quite sure, Dawn. Since we bought it I have repotted it three times when it was getting a bit cramped. From memory, it is very much like most plants though the few plants in the wild grow in amongst rocks etc, on the side of a rainforest gorge. So it probably has good anchor roots.

    Have taken some more pics of its new growth, this afternoon, & will post them tonight when I have finished deciding which ones to keep & which ones to delete. These are not easy decisions to make. :lol2: :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:04 pm

    Here is some of the weird & wonderful new foliage growth of our Wollemi Pine as it grows & unfurls.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:06 pm

    This is the small second trunk growing from the side of the tree about halfway up. It, also, has new growth.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:10 pm

    Some more new growth detail. Love the way the leaves flipflop over one another. When they age, they straighten out.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:12 pm

    These ones are really wavy. :lol2:

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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:15 pm

    The leaves on these tips of new growth are still, mostly, stuck together. They look like sticky fingers. :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:17 pm

    The view from the "front" of the Wollemi Pine. This is the most new growth we have seen, in the more than three years we have had this precious plant. The second image is a side on close up. :)

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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:21 pm

    The image I am currently using as my avatar. Cannot believe just how much new growth there is on the crown. :O

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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 2:23 pm

    It is also growing up & up!!! :whistle:

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    Post by Dawn on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 9:02 pm

    It is wonderfully green too Joy! amazing to experience this ancient plant
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    Post by Joy on Wed 01 Dec 2010, 9:25 pm

    The green on the new foliage is absolutely beautiful. It almost glows & is soft to the touch. The older foliage is tough as old boots. :lol2:

    We are so glad we decided to splurge & buy it when they first came onto the general market. It is our most expensive plant, to purchase, though some of the others would also be quite pricey now.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 27 Dec 2010, 1:48 pm

    Here is our wonderful Wollemi Pine now looking all lovely & bushy as its new foliage has grown & grown.

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    Post by Dawn on Mon 27 Dec 2010, 5:41 pm

    It certainly has grown Joy ! It is looking great !
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    Post by Joy on Mon 27 Dec 2010, 9:04 pm

    Yep, Dawn, it sure does. :smile: Our wonderful Wollemi pine has more than doubled its height since we bought it. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: This past spring was a good season with plenty of new growth. Much better than the previous spring. Appears to do this in stages. :cool3: It only seems to get the lovely bright green new growth in late spring, as well, though the new growth continues to grow during the summer. :bravo:

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