While visiting the Ulster Museum in Belfast, Ireland, my daughter pointed to a very unusual tree which in Ireland they just called “the Monkey Tree”. Now just how did such a tree that comes from South America get to Ireland. It is not grown in the United States or at least in areas of the states that I have been to. If you are ever in Belfast, the Ulster Museum is a must see.
Some Brit back in the 1850s found this tree in South America and brought back a specimen so now there are Monkey Puzzle Trees in many parts of the world.
I did not touch it so I have no idea if it has sharp prickly points or if it is like a rubber tree that is thick and silky when you rub it. Do monkeys climb in it? Not in Britain or Ireland.
I heard that they are in Canada and Australia. Well, we know how they got there – from the United Kingdom.