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Araucaria araucana

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Majestic, well-known tree with a handsome, architectural habit and branches covered with thick, scale-like, triangular leaves, dark green and broad at the base, with razor-sharp edges.

Native to Chile and W. Argentina and named after the Araucano Indians, the tree can produce edible, arrowhead-like nuts. The mature trunk resembles an elephant's foot. A superb standalone or avenue tree.

Supplied Size: 1.5L containers (15 - 25 cm tall)

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Araucaria araucana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Araucaria araucana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Araucaria araucana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
1.5 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Very slow until established then moderate.
Habit: Eventually a large tree with a branching, upright habit.
Height: up to 25 m (82 ft).
Spread: 10 m (32 ft).
Notes: Araucaria araucana is initially slow growing. After one or two years, once established, it starts to grow at a more vigorous rate. Araucaria araucana thrives in coastal areas, particularly in the South-west of the U.K. and it is said that eighteen established, good-sized trees can provide enough nuts for an adult's sustenance all year round!

Plant Finder: about Araucaria araucana

Common names

Monkey puzzle tree, Chile pine


Araucaria araucana (Monkey puzzle tree). This species has spreading branches with pointed dark green leaves. The hardiest of all the Araucarias, it will grow slowly when young and will reach a height of 20m. The national tree of Chile, it can live to over a 1000 years old. This tree is often called a 'living fossil' as it first emerged as a species in the Mesozoic era.


Watch out for the thorns. It will prefer a moist, well drained soil but will tolerate drought once established.

If you are growing it for its seeds, it doesn't produce them until it is between 30 and 40 years old.

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental, architectural. Year-round interest.

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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