3rd February 2009
This beautiful tree is one of the largest things in the garden (just knocking my ego into second place!). The species was introduced in 1838 from Monterrey
in California, and many of the local gardens have large specimens that probably date from the very early introductions. Mine is not as large as the really big ones,
and was probably planted as a status symbol shortly after the house was built in 1893 (or so). It may well be a seedling from the original introductions,
which would have been fruiting well after half a century.
31st January 2019
My plant is just moving from the pyramidal uniformity of youth into the eccentric twisted trunkiness of maturity. Strange shoots are appearing at odd angles
like a tousled head of hair.