Parana Pine, Brazilian Pine, Candelabra Tree Araucaria angustifolia

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Botanical Name:

Araucaria angustifolia

Family:

Araucariaceae

Genus:

Araucaria

Species:

angustifolia

Common Name:

Parana Pine, Brazilian Pine, Candelabra Tree

Height:
100-130 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
8

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Growing Info:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: expect germination in 10 days @ 70-85 degrees F, it will take longer if cooler.
In a Nutshell:
* The seeds, similar to large pine nuts, are edible, and are extensively harvested in southern Brazil.
* It is closely related to Araucaria araucana from further southwest in South America, differing most conspicuously in the narrower leaves.
* The cones disintegrate at maturity to release the approximately 5 cm (2 in) long nut-like seeds, which are then dispersed by animals, notably the azure jay, Cyanocorax caeruleus.
* It is a popular garden tree in subtropical areas, planted for its unusual effect of the thick, 'reptilian' branches with a very symmetrical appearance.
* It requires a subtropical climate with abundant rainfall, tolerating occasional frosts down to about -5 – -20 °C (23–-4 °F).
* The species is widely used in folk medicine. more...