Parana Pine, Candelabra Pine
A giant tree with a massive trunk between 25 and 50 m (82 and 164 ft.) tall. The crown of young plants develops a narrow pyramidal shape, but with age, the lower branches die and the crown becomes flat and candelabra-like. The thick, dark green or glaucous leaves have a sharp tip and provide the tree with formidable armament. The large seeds develop in cones to 25 cm (10 in.) long. The candelabra-like crown of this tree is a shape most typical of the forests of southern Brazil, where it grows mostly in the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande Do Sul up to 1800 m (5900 ft.). It is also found in São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio De Janeiro as well as in northern Argentina and Paraguay up to 2300 m (7500 ft.). It is a valuable timber tree and widely planted in South America and elsewhere today. The seeds are edible and most tasty if roasted. Araucaria angustifolia prefers a mild, warm temperate climate, acidic soils, and can take severe freezes.