About Monkey Puzzle at OSU's Landscape Plants site
Native to Chilean mountains.
In the wild can attain over 100’ in height.
A primitive conifer – the leaves are scaly, thick, overlapping, and very sharp.
Tree is either male (with large oblong cones) or female (with round cones 6” across). Seeds are edible and tasty when heated.
Quite common in Portland. The 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition gave seedlings away, making many trees in Portland similar sizes.
The Heritage Trees are males.