Evergreen, coniferous trees from, mainly, tropical rainforests.

Genus of 19 species of evergreen, coniferous trees from which the Chilean pine or Monkey puzzle is the only one suitable for outdoors in the UK.

Easily recognised by the thick, triangular pointed leaves and the habit of losing lower branches with age and often seen as a front-garden tree planted beneath power lines!

The seeds, piñones, are edible large pine nuts and ideas have been advanced about creating plantations in the west of the UK.

Cropping would commence after about 40 years and yield would be substantial given that life expectancy of the tree is 1000 years...

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
  • Conifer
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Honey fungus.
    Place of origin
    New Guinea, Australia, New Hebrides, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, South America.
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Wildlife
    Rabbit Resistant
Araucaria - Monkey Puzzle - Growing Guide

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ARAUCARIA araucana

ARAUCARIA araucana

Chilean pine, Monkey puzzle

slow growing tree with dense spine-tipped dark green leaves

£30.00 each 
£55.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ARAUCARIA heterophylla

ARAUCARIA heterophylla

Norfolk Island pine

frost tender coniferous tree with whorled branches of fan-like foliage which is light green in immaturity and scale-like in mature trees. Best grown as an unheated conservatory or indoor plant

£35.00 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
£75.00 each 
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