The Norfolk Island Pine, native to Norfolk Island, grows tall and straight. When Captain James Cook sailed past in 1774 in HMS Resolution, he thought the trees would be an excellent source of masts for sailing ships. Later, when the island was settled as a convict prison, it was discovered that the trees grew too fast in the warm, wet climate and the timber was not strong enough for this use. The symmetry of these majestic plants makes them perfect as ornamental trees and often only one is needed to make a statement.
These photos were taken on Norfolk Island.