Araucaria araucana imbricata

(Monkey Puzzle Tree)

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Abies nordmanniana
Abies nordmanniana
This beautiful specimen plant is perfect for large gardens, parks or open spaces. It is a truly unique, evergreen tree with pointed green leaves which emerge bright and darken with age. Mature specimens may bear cones on the upper branches, and some female cones may hold up to 200 seeds.

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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Characteristics


Eventual Height
Max Height icon12m+


Eventual Spread
Max Width Icon8m+


Growth Rate
Growth Rate IconSlow


Foliage
Evergreen Icon Evergreen


Habit
Habit IconConical


Hardiness
Hardiness Icon H7


Fragranced
Fragranced Icon No

Colour


Spring
Green Foliage Icon

 


Summer

Green Foliage Icon

 


Autumn
Green Foliage Icon

 


Winter
Green Foliage Icon

Soil


Type
Sand Soil Icon Sand

Loam Soil Icon Loam

Chalk Soil Icon Chalk


Moisture
Soil Moisture Icon Moist well-drained


pH
Soil pH Acid Icon Acid

Soil PH Neutral Icon Neutral

Soil pH Alkaline Icon Alkaline

Position


Sunlight
Full Sun Icon Full Sun

Partial Shade Icon Partial Shade


Aspect
Aspect North Icon North

Aspect South Icon South

Aspect East Icon East

AspectWest West


Exposure
Exposure Icon Sheltered

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