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Monkey puzzle

Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, Chilean pine, or pehu_n) photograph by Martin Cooper.


Araucaria araucana Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Araucaria araucana
  • Common Name: Monkey puzzle
  • Growing Zone: USA: 7 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 780 to 1200
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 360 to 600
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Flower Details:
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Pyramidal

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seeds sown inSeedbed as soon as ripe; take cuttings of vertical shoot tips in midsummer and root in a cold frame; cuttings of horizontal side branches will not form an upright tree
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Honey fungus may be a problem

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best Garden Use: Areas requiring pest tolerance, , Specimen
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Genus Detail: Araucaria
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here