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Araucaria araucana


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.

Common Name: Monkey Puzzle Tree

Family: Araucariaceae (The Araucaria Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 40' and over

Width: 10' and over

Primary Bloom Colour: Green

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Green


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

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.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - Central and South America

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