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Araucaria araucana

Also called Chilian Pine


More About Araucaria araucana

  • Grows in a pyramidal open habit
  • Triangular leathery leaves, 5 cm long, feature terminal thorns
  • Leaves are arranged in a continuous whorl around the stems
  • "Ropy" branches in tiers bear few side branches
  • Plants are male or female
  • Seed-bearing cones up to 15 cm in diameter

Interesting Notes:

Native habitat is Argentina and parts of Chile, where they are listed as threatened species. 

Zone:

8

Height:

8-9 m

Spread:

5-6 m
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Monkey Puzzle Tree Growing and Maintenance Tips

Monkey Puzzle is best treated as a "conservatory plant", needing to be brought indoors for the winter. Hopefully pruning is not necessary as the leaves and thorns are dangerous.


Araucaria araucana Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Evergreen
Evergreen

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Habit

Pyramidal
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen