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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

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Commonly known as: Chilean pine, Monkey puzzle.
Slow growing tree with dense spine-tipped dark green leaves
Small £30.00 each 
Medium £45.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

ARAUCARIA heterophylla   AWARD

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Commonly known as: 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
Small £35.00 each 
Large £75.00 each 

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