SelecTree: Tree Detail
MONKEY PUZZLE TREE
Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA and UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA
Large evergreen tree with straight trunk and open canopy.
Native to Chile.
Additional Common Names
MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, MONKEY TAIL TREE,CHILEAN PINE
Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 70 - 90 feet.
Width: 25 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Ovate, Medium to Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. . Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Cone, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Dark Brown, Rough or Striated.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Scales, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Leaf Spots.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
None Known Health Hazard.
Not Deer Palatable.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Araucaria araucana Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jun 5, 2020.
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