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BUNYA-BUNYA
Araucaria bidwillii

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Photo Locations: Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT, Cal Poly Campus, San Luis Obispo, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Santa Barbara Courthouse - Santa Barbara, CA and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA

General Notes

Mature trees produce large, spiny, 10-15 lb. cones which fall with a crash. Not a tree to sit under. Can be grown indoors.

Native to Australia.

An Araucaria bidwillii in Camarillo is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 112 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 214 inches and a crown spread of 59 feet.

Family: Araucariaceae

Additional Common Names

BUNYA-BUNYA, FALSE MONKEY PUZZLE, BUNYA PINE

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Conical or Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 80 - 100 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Scalelike, 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) Edible.

Bark Dark Brown, Rough.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 7 - 9 and 12 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Scales.

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 bidwillii Tree Record." 1995-2019. Nov 22, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/araucaria-bidwillii >

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