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Araucaria heterophylla/Norfolk Island Pine

Araucaria heterophylla / Araucaria heterophylla
Close-up of tiered branches
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Close-up of tiered branches

Typical specimen growing indoors

Mature specimen growing outdoors in a tropical climate

Tiered branching habit of growth

A group from which to choose at a retail nursery

A nice specimen in landscape in Florida

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Scientific Name: Araucaria heterophylla
Common Name: Norfolk Island Pine
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Flowers and fruit insignificant. Tolerates drought well. Used as a living Christmas tree. Cannot tolerate freezes. This is a popular container plant but really needs much more natural light than many people have available indoors. Consequently the tiers of brances become thin and hang giving is an unsightly appearance as seen in the first image above. When growing indoors rotate a specimen periodically so that all parts of the plant will recieve some light.