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Roger's Tree Pick for December: star pine


Last updated 12/13/2007 at Noon

Star pines line this roadway on the island of Maui.

’Tis the season to be treeing, says I.

The holidays are here and the trees that adorn our homes bring a bit of nature inside to create a festive theme and seasonal spirit.

This month I have chosen the Araucaria species, which come from two opposite parts of the world.

The Araucaria genus can be traced back to the age of the dinosaurs. Fossil evidence indicates that the genus reached its maximum diversity some 65 million years ago during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

At that time, the Araucaria genus occurred in both the northern and southern hemispheres and it wasn’t until th...

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