Araucaria araucana

(Monkey Puzzle Tree)


$499.99


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Araucaria araucana, commonly called monkey puzzle tree or Chilian pine, is an evergreen conifer that is native to woodland volcanic slopes up to 6,000 feet in elevation in the Andes Mountains in Chile and Argentina. It is the national tree of Chile. It reportedly has the best winter hardiness of any tree native to areas in the world south of the equator. It typically grows to 20-30′ tall in cultivation, but may reach 90-130′ tall in its native habitat. It is noted for its unique shape. Trees are loose-pyramidal and open when young, but develop an umbrella-like crown with loss of lower branches as they age. Horizontal, upward-arching branches appear in whorls around the trunk with rope-like branchlets. Bark is gray-brown and ridged. Dense, leathery, triangular, radially-arranged leaves (to 2″ long) have sharp points. Individual leaves persist for 10 to 15 years. Trees are dioecious (separate male and female trees).  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Description

Winter hardy to USDA Zone 7-10 where it is best grown in deep, moderately fertile, evenly moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Trees perform well in a variety of different soils as long as they are well-drained. Trees perform much better in Mediterranean-type climates with mild summers than in climates with hot summers.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Botanical Name

Araucaria araucana

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun

Height

20 ft

Width

15 to 20'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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