was back on September 10th / 1994 when something AMAZING happened.
Australian National Parks officer David Noble was exploring a canyon in
the wilderness of Wollemi National Park (located 129 kilometres northwest
of Sydney), when he noticed a small population of unusual trees he'd never
taking samples of branches to be identified, it was discovered that David
had stumbled upon a species thought to be extinct for millions of years.
Up until then, this type of plant was known only from fossils, some dating
as far back as 200 million years ago. The discovery of this plant
being alive today both shocked and delighted the scientific community.
It has been noted on several occasions that this discovery was the equivalent
of finding a living dinosaur!
less than 100 individuals of the Wollemi Pine in the wild, this plant is
critically endangered to this day, and the exact location of the wild population
is a closely guarded secret. 20 years after its discovery, the Wollemi
Pine remains one of the oldest and RAREST plants on the planet.
WOLLEMI WITH LIGHT GREEN GROWTH
WOLLEMI SHOWS OFF PREHISTORIC LOOK
POPULATION IN THEIR WILD LOCATION
an attempt to keep the species from (once again) becoming extinct, efforts
were made to reproduce the plant from clippings and seed propagation.
As a result, the Wollemi was finally released to the public in 2006.
It has now been planted around the world, in public gardens, as well as
in a few privileged private gardens, and is reportedly good for outdoor
plantings in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 11.
is a video from 10 years ago, released before the Wollemi became available
to the public...
Wollemi Pine has been released for sale to the public in various locations
around the world. Here in North America, their initial release was
through The National Geographic Society via mail order. It appears
National Geographic is no longer doing this, and finding the Wollemi for
sale in North America has now become difficult, if not impossible, (as
of this writing 2013).
OF WOLLEMI LEAVES. LOOKS MORE LIKE A SAGO PALM THAN A TREE
HAVE BOTH FEMALE AND MALE CONES APPEARING ON ADULTS
is unfortunate that after this amount of time the Wollemi isn't more readily
available to eager plant lovers in North America. It appears the
industry hasn't been able to keep up with demand on this plant here.
After much investigation, we have found that this tree can still be purchased
online in both Australia and the the UK, but it remains very pricey even
in these locations, with the UK site selling 2 foot specimens for about
$108.00 CDN dollars. Even so, we're SURE these plants will be selling
like hot cakes there!
the propagation of the Wollemi, as well as its release to the public, has
made this the horticultural event of the century...if not of ALL TIME!
This remarkable survivor from the days of the dinosaurs is finally making
a come back, and it's because of the efforts of plant lovers from around
the globe. It would appear that the Wollemi is here to stay for a
while longer. If not in the wild, then at least in gardens.
searching for this species to sell at B'z Greenhouse, we were saddened
at the fact that no wholesalers in Canada seem to have any here to buy.
Then, quite accidentally, we literally happened to stumble across a few
of them at one of our suppliers a few weeks ago. Naturally, they
didn't want to let any of them go, but with much negotiating, promises
of caring for it, and threats of continually returning to "cry" over them,
they FINALLY let one go to us. Here is a picture of our new 'baby':
KEEPER TARAN SHOWS OFF OUR 7-8 YEAR OLD 6½ FOOT WOLLEMI PINE, WHICH
JUST HAPPENS TO HAVE BOTH MALE AND FEMALE CONES AT THIS TIME!
cannot express our sheer delight in having the privilege of owning such
a rare and special plant, and we are thrilled to have it on display at
B'z Greenhouse for all in Campbell River who want to come here and enjoy
it first hand.
can be SURE we'll be keeping an eye out for Wollemi Pines that we can sell
to the public, and will also be patiently waiting for our Wollemi's cones
to mature, (in about a year from now), so we can try our luck at sprouting
some new babies! We'll also try our luck at taking a clipping or
two off of it to see if we'll be successful at getting them to root.
How VERY EXCITING this is for us! : )
hope you've enjoyed this page about Wollemi Pines. There's bound
to be MANY updates on this subject!
Keeper Robb - November 30th / 2013
FACTS ABOUT THE WOLLEMI PINE:
Wollemi Pine is not really a pine tree at all. It belongs to the
family Araucariaceae, with relatives that include the Norfolk Island Pine
Pines are "monoicous", (bisexual), and have both male and female cones,
(the female cones always appear above the male cones on the plant).
wild Wollemi Pines share the exact same DNA, suggesting the entire colony
are "clones" from one plant.
from bottom branches will produce a horizontal growing "bush" version of
the plant, while clippings from upper branches will produce normal vertical
Wollemi's scientific name "Wollemia nobilis" comes from the park it was
discovered in, Wollemi National Park, and the last name of David Noble,
the discoverer of the species.
largest specimen of the Wollemi in the wild is over 130 feet tall, and
has a trunk thickness of over 2 feet wide.
is thought that Wollemi Pines can live to be over 1000 years old.
Pines have royal connections, with trees being planted by Prince Albert
II of Monaco, as well as Charles, Prince of Wales.
Wollemi Pine has a habit of spontaneously sprouting multiple trunks from
its base (known as self coppicing).
Wollemi Pines have dark brown bubbly bark that is often compared to Coco
Puff cereal in appearance.
UPDATE * - Dec. 18th / 2013
Even after 19 years have passed since this species was 'discovered', the
interest in it continues. After publishing this page, we perked the
interest of a local reporter who published THIS
STORY about our Wollemi Pine. As a result, CBC Radio Victoria
found out about it, and B'Z GREENHOUSE and our Wollemi was exposed yet
again, this time to all of VANCOUVER ISLAND and the SUNSHINE COAST, ( thanks
to a live interview we did over the phone with them yesterday! ).
How wonderful to be involved in the further education to the public about
this incredible survivor from days gone by!
OUR PROGRESS WITH WOLLEMI PINE BABIES HERE ---