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Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana

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Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana

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Special Features
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Deer Resistant
Edible
Tolerates Acidic Soil

Botanical Name

Araucaria araucana

Outdoor Growing zone

7-10

Mature Height

25-40

Mature Width

10-15

Sun needs

Full Sun

The Monkey Puzzle Tree is an exotic South American evergreen tree that will grow from the warmest parts of zone 6 to zone 10. It will grow in any soil that is well-drained and typically grows to around 50 feet tall in gardens, although in the wild it can reach 130 feet. This tree grows in a symmetrical conical shape with a strong central trunk and the leathery leaves clasp the stems and persist for many years. The leaves have a sharp point and the way they are wrapped around the stems is almost like a strange kind of snake. The symmetrical shape and dense growth makes this an unusual and attractive tree for larger properties and it is always a conversation piece. The seeds are edible and this tree can be an interesting long-term investment in future harvests.

  • Unique ‘living fossil’ tree
  • Tall pyramidal evergreen
  • Thick spiny leaves unique in form
  • Striking and unusual specimen for garden or pots
  • Easily grown, pest free and long-living

The Monkey Puzzle tree will grow well in any well-drained soil, in a sunny or partially-shaded location. it is pest and disease free, and lives for many years, eventually becoming a towering tree. It can also be grow in a pot, and brought indoors in colder weather for shelter if necessary. This unique tree, with its strange spiny leaves, is a real talking point, and an exotic tree to grow in your garden. Once established it will grow up to 2 feet a year, so you will soon have a beautiful specimen to admire.

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