Monkey puzzle tree

An evergeen tree that looks a bit like it’s made of Lego bricks, when looked at from a distance.
Common name : Monkey puzzle tree
Scientific name : Araucaria araucana
Family : Araucariaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Araucaria araucana - the monkey puzzle tree - is a species in the family Araucariaceae native to Chile. It is an evergreen tree growing to 1–1.5 m (3–5 ft) in diameter and 30–40 m (100–130 ft) in height, with thick, tough and scale-like 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in) long leaves with sharp edges and tips.

Sowing & planting



Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 400 - 1000
pH 6 - 7

Plant my monkey puzzle tree

Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, adding a stake, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.

Water my monkey puzzle tree

Water often in the first weeks. Water potted plants at least once a week, as soon as the top soil dries. Ultimately, if it does not rain for a month, consider watering.

Unprop my monkey puzzle tree

Your tree should be well rooted after two years, so remove the stake now that it is not needed anymore.

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