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Araucaria araucana
Common Name: Monkey Puzzle Tree Family: Araucariaceae (The Araucaria Family)

Araucaria araucana
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Hailing from a geologically ancient genus of plants which includes the familiar houseplant the Norfolk Island Pine, the common name of this remarkable species was bestowed since it was thought that climbing this tree would cause great consternation to a monkey. Its requirement of a climate with both mild winters and summers makes this a special tree for our little corner of Canada.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Central and South America
Native Habitat:
Lower slopes of the Chilean and Argentinian south-central Andes, typically above 1000m, in regions with heavy snowfall in winter. Soils with good drainage.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourGreen 
TypeTree  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height40' and over  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread10' and over  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone8-9  BerriesYes 
BC NativeNo    

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