This large conifer tree grows in dry rainforests of northern New South Wales to north Queensland and on mountains in Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya. It is recognised by its very straight trunk, horizontally banded and scaly bark and separated layers (whorls) of branches that end in tufts of twigs covered by small, glossy, dark-green curved leaves.
Hoop Pine, once plentiful in our forests, was one of the most important Queensland timbers for house building. Plantation-grown trees are still a major source of timber and plywood. The tree has always been a prominent feature of our urban green landscape and is planted widely as an ornamental specimen.
How high can I grow? Up to 50m.