I suppose monkey trees aren’t tremendously common. I’d never seen one until I came to Powell River, and I thought they were cool, so we bought a little one about a foot tall. Now, three years later, it’s nine feet and is still fairly young. So I’m expecting my monkey tree to be a towering defenceman. It’s already about the same size as Hal Gill with Brian Gionta on his shoulders.
I’m told they’re called monkey trees for a couple of reasons – there’s not a monkey in the world who would be able to climb it because of its sharpness, (it’s tricky even touching it) and also because the branches resemble a monkey’s tail.