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Care of the plant Araucaria araucana or Monkey puzzle tree.

Care of the tree Araucaria araucana or Monkey puzzle tree

The Araucaria genus, family Araucariaceae, comprises 15 tree species native to Australia, Chile, the Pacific Islands, and South America. Some species are: Araucaria araucana, Araucaria bidwilliiAraucaria heterophylla, Araucaria angustifolia.

Common names: Chilean pine, Monkey puzzle tree, Monkey tail tree, Pewen. This species is native to Chile.

They are large trees whose branches grow parallel to each other. They are coniferous, like the Pines, but they have nothing in common. The leaves are evergreen, dark green in color, with very varied shapes; they can be smooth and wide or narrow and sharp.

They are used as isolated specimens in parks and gardens. Young specimens are grown in pots.

These slow growing trees do not need pruning.

They can be grown in full sun or semi-shade exposures.

The soil can be a compost garden substrate mixed with a part of peat and another part of coarse sand. Planting takes place in late winter. If it is potted it can be done whenever you want; it is not recommended to do it in winter.

They propagate in autumn, by seeds or by cuttings in a warm and humid environment.

Images of the tree Araucaria araucana or Monkey puzzle tree

Araucaria araucana
Araucaria araucana
Araucaria araucana
Araucaria angustifolia