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Araucaria cunninghamii /Moreten Bay Pine, Hoop Pine


Close-up image of the long fern-like leaves

Tree growing in partial shade in a botanical garden

Drooping branches on the Moreten Bay pine

A large branch on a mature tree in an Italian garden on Lake Como in Italy

Stiff, needle-like foliage

Tips of branches

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Scientific Name: Araucaria cunninghamii
Common Name: Moreten Bay Pine, Hoop Pine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This tree grows at relatively high elevations in rocky soils of rather low fertility in its native land. It is a slow growing evergreen and not well known in this country. It is reported that trees do not produce cones for the first 200 years. Associated with the coastal rainforests of eastern Australia and New Guinea. Nut-like edible seeds are released from cones that take 18 months to mature.