Monkeypuzzle Tree, Monkey Puzzle Tree Araucaria araucana - Abies araucana , Abies columbaria , Araucaria chilensis , Araucaria dombeyi , Columbea imbricata , Columbea quadrifaria , Dombeya chilensis

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Botanical Name:

Araucaria araucana

Family:

Araucariaceae

Genus:

Araucaria

Species:

araucana

Common Name:

Monkeypuzzle Tree, Monkey Puzzle Tree

Height:
50-100 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
8

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: Stick the the seed for about 3/4 into damp but not wet medium and keep moist. Sow pointy side down.
Other: Germination should occur between 30-60 days at around 59°F. Germination can vary depending on temperature.
In a Nutshell:
* Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, Chilean pine, or pehuén) is an evergreen tree growing to 40 metres (130 ft) tall with a 2 metres (7 ft) trunk diameter.
* The tree is native to central and southern Chile and western Argentina. Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. Because of the great age of this species it is sometimes described as a living fossil.
* Its conservation status was enhanced to Endangered by the IUCN in 2013 due to its declining abundance.
* It is the national tree of Chile.
* Araucaria araucana is a popular garden tree, planted for its unusual effect of the thick, 'reptilian' branches with a very symmetrical appearance. more...
* The seed can be eaten raw or cooked. Rich in starch. The seed is soft like a cashew nut and has a slight flavour of pine nuts. This is a delicious seed and it makes very pleasant eating. It is a food that can easily be eaten in quantity and can be used as a staple food in the diet. more...