Wollemi-pine Araucariaceae Wollemia
nobilis W.G.Jones, K.D.Hill & J.M.Allen symbol: --
Leaf: Evergreen, linear, gradually tapering to a blunt point, to 3 inches long, thick and tough, spirally arranged but displayed as two- or four-ranked; shiny yellow-green above and below.
Flower: Male cones solitary at branch tips, to 4 inches. Immature female cones are large, higher in the tree, and globular; take 20 months to mature.
Fruit: Borne at the branch tips, which senesce after the fruit ripens; female cones are globular, dark brown, and 5 inches long by 4 inches wide, disintegrating at maturity.
Twig: Green; terminal buds are resin-covered; lateral branches grow horizontal or slightly pendant from the main trunk.
Bark: Dark brown, distinctively spongy-warty.
Form: An upright tree with a narrow crown to 130 feet tall. The form is unique, as branches do not develop further lateral branching.
Additional Range Information: Wollemia nobilis is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)