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Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana

Chile Pine, Monkey puzzle, Money puzzle tree

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Thought to be collected from the Governor's dinner table and returned in the pocket of Archibald Menzies who germinated them on his return voyage this tree is now at risk in it's native Chile. It's distinctive regular branching habit and it's dark green spiny scales makes it easily identified and produces cones which take 2-3 years to ripen.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take cuttings from vertical branches in midsummer. Cuttings from horizontal branches will not form upright trees.

Geography

Origin
America, South, America

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Suits any site with well drained soil and shelter from cold drying winds. A low maintenance tree it can be used as a specimen tree and is tolerant of salt so can also be planted in Coastal gardens.

Personality

Family
Araucariaceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
None

Problems

Can suffer from Honey Fungus.

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