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Monkey Puzzle Tree
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Monkey Puzzle Tree

SKU SKU17260
Growing Zones: 7-11
Mature Height: 50-80 ft.
Mature Width: 20-30 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Spacing: 40 ft.
Botanical: Araucaria araucana
Cannot Ship to: AZ, LA
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Growing Zones: 7-11
Growing Zones: 7-11
Mature Height: 50-80 ft.
Mature Width: 20-30 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Spacing: 40 ft.
Botanical: Araucaria araucana
Cannot Ship to: AZ, LA

Bold, Exotic and Prehistoric

If you’re a fan of unusual plants, here’s one to add to your collection! The Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) will certainly elicit curious glances from passersby. Its prehistoric look is genuine, as some paleobotanists consider it the most ancient conifer that still grows today. Its needled evergreen leaves are arranged like overlapping scales, resembling armor and having sharp tips, which gives the tree its common name because it would create a veritable puzzle for a monkey to climb!

Textural and Tough
Any plant that was growing when dinosaurs roamed the earth, which still grows in our modern world, has certainly stood the test of time. The Monkey Puzzle Tree is tough and durable, and it only takes one glance to appreciate its rugged beauty. Not only do the needled leaves have a scaly appearance, but scales also grow on the Monkey Puzzle Tree’s trunk and branches. And the branches are rope-like, growing in whorls around the main trunk. All this texture wrapped up in one tree sets the Monkey Puzzle Tree apart from other evergreens.

Specimen tree. If your yard can accommodate a tall tree, the Monkey Puzzle Tree will add a most unusual look and a commanding presence to your landscape design.

Insect- and disease-resistant. Attesting to its historical longevity, the Monkey Puzzle Tree is rarely bothered by insects and diseases.

Salt-tolerant. The Monkey Puzzle Tree doesn’t suffer adverse effects from salt spray, which makes it a suitable choice for coastal areas.

Low Maintenance Threshold
Although the Monkey Puzzle Tree is native to Chile, gardeners in USDA Zones 7 through 10 can grow this prehistoric plant. It’s very forgiving of many conditions, tolerating various soil types, even heavy clay, as long as the soil drains well. It grows best in a Mediterranean-type climate with mild summers or in temperate regions, than in southern climates with hot and humid summers. The Mediterranean climate in parts of California and the Pacific Northwest environment mimic the Monkey Puzzle Tree’s native habitat in the cool maritime climate of Chile. It prospers in full sun, but it can also tolerate partial shade.

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