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Monkey Puzzle trees Araucaria Araucana | tree-shop.co.uk

The Monkey Puzzle trees-(araucaria araucana). This curious tree has a primeval look about it. The kind of plant that would probably have been familiar to dinosaurs. It always develops a perfectly straight stem and equally spaced whorls of branches. The bark on the stem is grey and becomes heavily wrinkled like an elephants foot. The evergreen foliage covers the branches entirely. It consists of hard sharp pointed overlapping scales.  It can be quite a spiteful tree with its truly spikey needle like branches. In the landscape there is tremendous scope to use monkey puzzle as a single specimen or as a group. The end result is very exotic, sometimes quite unreal. From the high forests of South America this tree, also known as Chile pine, is like no other in Britain. It was introduced soon after 1795. Archibald Menzies planted seeds on board a ship returning to Britain from Chile. They had been intended by local indians to be eaten for supper before his departure. Monkey puzzle was re-introduced on a large scale in 1844 after which time it became an essential part of every respectable Victorian garden. The tree is extinct in most of the areas where seeds were first collected. It is thought that there is more genetic diversity in Britain now than in South America.

in 10yrs 3 mts - 20yrs 6 mtrs - event hgt 25 metres


Suitable for all soil types, but recommended out of exposed positions.

Key Features:

Curiously twisted spikey branches

Monkey Puzzle trees Araucaria Araucana | tree-shop.co.uk
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Price31 - 150
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