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Araucaria araucana

Chilean pine

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Plant type

Evergreen tree


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Known as 'Chilean pine' but more commonly as the 'Monkey puzzle' tree. It has long spidery branches, densely and geometrically arrayed with rigid, leathery, spine-tipped leaves. Incidentally, the all too rare perfect mature specimen, with branches intact right down to ground level, is one of the most handsome, graceful and noble of all trees.

Family: Araucariaceae

Genus: Araucaria

Species: araucana

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2000cm

Spread: 850cm

Time to plant seeds: January to February

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