Monkey Puzzle Tree - Araucaria araucana
- Evergreen coniferous tree
- Slow Growing hardy ornamental specimen
- Supplied 4 Litre Pot Grown, 40-60cm tall ready to plant
- Price Includes VAT
The Monkey Puzzle Tree is a slow growing coniferous tree with leathery, sharp edged leaves and tips. The leaves are stiff and spiky and triangular shaped. The leaves can have an average lifespan of 24 years. It is native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina.
Monkey Puzzle trees are usually dioecious, with male and female cones on separate trees. Male cones (pollen) are oblong and cucumber shaped and broad at pollen release. It is wind pollinated. The female (seed) cones mature in the autumn about 18 months after pollination, are globose and large holding about 200 seeds. The cones disintegrate at maturity releasing the long nut-like seeds.
Araucaria araucana is a popular garden tree, usually planted due to its extraordinary thick branches and a very symmetrical appearance. It has been catorgised as a ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conversation of Nature
Where to Plant
Plant full sun to partial shade, well-draining moist soil. Will tolerate most soil types but prefers loam, chalk and sandy soils. Prune only the dead leaves as the Monkey Puzzle Tree requires little care. Ultimate height and spread about 12m x 8m in 20-50 years.
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