At last! We have ZEE TREES!

But, you say, there is no postcode ZEE. No there isn’t. But there is ZE, and as Agent John in Fife pointed out ZEE TREES has a very nice alliteration. Thank you John. John has for some time now been telling me he has spies in Shetland, and has now received the intelligence to be able to report in with not just one tree, but eight!


ZE1, near Scalloway, John tells me it’s 14 years old and six feet high.

ZE2 and ZE3 in the same garden near Aith. John’s spies didn’t send a photo but he’s found them anyway.

ZE4 and ZE5, near Marrister, another pair in a front garden, although one not looking to good.

ZE6, near Boddam. Again, spies didn’t send photo, but John had enough intelligence received to track it down.

ZE7 and ZE8, another garden pair near Brae… wonder why they like pairs in Shetland. Maybe because the the possibilty of one dying is pretty high?

So I think congratulations are in order to Agent John in Fife. Good work. John did wonder, just briefly I might add if, ‘My work is done, the northern UK has all its postcode areas represented. But of course it is only the tip of the iceberg.’

Yes, it seems that the finding of monkey puzzle trees is not becoming less, but increasing!

International finds include another New Zealand tree, on a golf course! I think that’s a first. This is on the 13th fairway on the Tauhara golf course in Taupo. Thanks to Colin Thornton.



Another in the Netherlands (only our third), thanks to Raul Conde for sending in Peter’s tree, a nurseryman, and ‘his’ tree is on Contrabas in Etten-Leur.



Raul has also sent the first tree in Spain, in the botanic garden in Madrid, thanks to Alvaro Pascual for these photos taken in 2008. This tree is also our most southerly northern hemisphere tree.* Bravo!



(*An update on this fact, there are a number of trees located in Singapore, in the Cloud Dome, featured on this blog post – here. As Singapore is just in the northern hemisphere it is also further south than Spain. However, the trees in the Cloud Dome are not out in the ‘wild’ but in an artificially maintained climate controlled conservatory. So I would still call the Madrid tree is the most southerly northern hemisphere tree.)

I was also sent some lovely photos from Oana Capota who works in the museum in New Westminster in Canada. These are of some trees being moved in 1940. The trees are still alive and well today.

BC 1940

So that’s it for now. Thanks everyone, there are quite a few trees waiting for my attention.


This ‘Monkey Map’ project is a personal project and the work of me, Sarah Horton.
I am helped by my task of cataloguing all monkeys by keen monkey puzzle hunters who also do this in their free time.
Thank you everyone for your support.


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