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Why are Monkey Puzzle Trees so called?

Question

monkey puzzle treeWhy are they called Monkey Puzzle Trees and why do they puzzle monkeys?
Neil, Brackley

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Vince, Addlestone
Qualification: Studied arboreculture for three years
Answer: It’s pretty self-explanatory. When they were first seen, they were considered to be a puzzle for monkeys to climb, as there are no low branches for them to reach – it has a stem up to around 20 feet, with the foliage at the top. It’s as simple as that. It was the man who discovered the tree that gave it the name.

Name: Tom, Reigate
Qualification: Tree surgeon
Answer: Vince is wrong. They are vicious to climb, as there are thorns and barbs all over the foliage. Of all trees, they are the hardest to climb.
(James O’Brien: I think you’re basically saying the same as Vince.)

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