Araucaria araucana

monkey puzzle tree

Outstanding Qualities

This distinctive South American conifer has widely spaced branches that extend horizontally from the trunk and then arch upwards towards the tips. The unique, evergreen leaves – triangular in shape and with sharp-pointed tips – are arranged radially around each branch. This tree will definitely make a statement in the garden!

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, gold, lavender, pink, silver, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy, purple, red

Culture Notes

Monkey puzzle trees grow best in full sun and tolerate a wide range of soils, including clay and sandy types as long as the drainage is very good. In the Pacific Northwest they are drought tolerant once established, although occasional watering during dry periods will encourage the tree to grow a bit faster than it might otherwise.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional water or drought tolerant once established