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Araucaria araucana/Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana / Araucaria araucana
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Close-up of branches covered with spines

Mature tree

Tree canopy showing branching

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Scientific Name: Araucaria araucana
Common Name: Monkey Puzzle Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This evergreen tree has evenly spaced tiers of horizontal-spreading branches arranged in regular whorls about the trunk. Flower and fruit not significant. Very spiny evergreen foliage. A coarse textured foliage. Can sometimes be rather messy around the base of a tree because of the dropping twigs and foliage.