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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.
Additional Common Names
BUNYA-BUNYA, FALSE MONKEY PUZZLE, BUNYA PINE
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.
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." 1995-2020. Jun 5, 2020.
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