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Araucaria araucana
Common Name: Monkey Puzzle Tree Family: Araucariaceae (The Araucaria Family)

Hailing from a geologically ancient genus of plants which includes the familiar houseplant the Norfolk Island Pine, the common name of this remarkable species was bestowed since it was thought that climbing this tree would cause great consternation to a monkey. Its requirement of a climate with both mild winters and summers makes this a special tree for our little corner of Canada.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - Central and South America

Native Habitat:
Lower slopes of the Chilean and Argentinian south-central Andes, typically above 1000m, in regions with heavy snowfall in winter. Soils with good drainage.

ClassEvergreen Primary Bloom ColourGreen
TypeShrub Secondary Bloom Colour
Height40' and over Bloom TimeSummer
Spread10' and over FragranceNo
Light ExposureLoves Sun Sun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Stem Colour
Hardiness8-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeNo

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