The Canarie Island Pine growing in Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens is thriving. Planted by Sir William MacArthur between 1820 and 1861, a photograph of this Pinus canariensis appeared in the Agricultural Gazette of NSW in 1908. It was a mature 16 metres tall then. Today it is one of the tallest trees in the gardens. The view from its location overlooking Sydney’s harbour is breathtaking.