| Araucaria araucana
commonly called the monkey puzzle tree is an attractive
slow growing evergreen conifer.
| The tree is native to central and southern Chile and western
| Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. Because of the great age of this species, it is sometimes described as a living fossil.
Monkey puzzle tree is a popular garden tree, planted for its unusual effect of the thick, 'reptilian' branches with a very symmetrical appearance.
| It prefers temperate climates with abundant rainfall, tolerating temperatures down to about -20 °C (-4 °F). It is far and away the hardiest member of its genus, and can grow well in
Monkey puzzle tree can reach 10m in 30 years or so, but can also be trimmed to lower than this.
They are best grown as a lawn or boundary specimen tree, with plenty of space around them.
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