The whorls of branches don’t associate well with other hardy trees so it is best to plant as a specimen or in a small group. It may grow to a height of up to 25m or more, so it is only really suitable for larger gardens.
The name ‘Araucana’ is derived from the native ‘Araucanians’ who used the seeds of the tree in Chile. The common name of ‘Monkey Puzzle’ appeared when a visitor to Pencarrow Garden in Cornwall declared “it would puzzle a monkey to climb that,” during the mid 19th century. Lacking a common name at the time, the term ‘monkey puzzle tree’ was coined, and stuck!
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