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Monkey Puzzle Tree*

Araucaria araucana

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Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) at Martin's Home & Garden

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) at Martin's Home & Garden

Monkey Puzzle Tree foliage

Monkey Puzzle Tree foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  70 feet

Spread:  35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Other Names:  Chilean Pine

Description:

A large bizarre looking evergreen that forms a loose symmetrical see-through crown, pyramidal in youth, rounding and flattening with age; an incredible ornamental accent tree sure to be a conversation starter; tolerant of most soils

Ornamental Features

Monkey Puzzle Tree has attractive dark green foliage. The small spiny pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Monkey Puzzle Tree is an open evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Monkey Puzzle Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Monkey Puzzle Tree will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features