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ARAUCARIA araucana

Commonly known as Chilean pine, Monkey puzzle

Slow growing tree with dense spine-tipped dark green leaves
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Small £30.00 each

Medium £45.00 each

  • Evergreen - triangular, sharply pointed leaves, 3-5cm (1¼-2in) long, which persist for up to 10 years
  • Height - 20m (70ft)
  • Spread - 10m (33ft)
  • Conifer - female cones are ovoid to 15cm (6in) long and ripen over 2-3 years. Males are cylindrical to ovoid and to 15cm (6in) long.
  • Tree - whorled branches. Loses lower branches with age.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Architectural interest -
  • Endangered in the wild - These plants are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of 'Red Plants'. This is a list of threatened species in the wild, they are either critically, endangered or vulnerable to extinction. - Endangered
  • Exotic plants
  • Good to know - introduced by Scottish plant hunter Archibald Menzies in 1795 who planted seeds from a dessert from a meal with the Viceroy in Chile.
  • Place of origin - Chilean Andes, Argentina.
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - open site but shelter from cold dry winds.
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly columnar -
  • Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -
20m (70ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)

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