Questions and answers

Can you get small monkey puzzle trees?

Can you get small monkey puzzle trees?

Small Monkey Puzzle Tree (1.5-2ft)

Does the monkey puzzle tree still exist?

Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, piñonero, pewen or Chilean pine) is an evergreen tree growing to 1–1.5 m (3–5 ft) in diameter and 30–40 m (100–130 ft) in height….

Araucaria araucana
Endangered (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes

Is monkey puzzle tree wood valuable?

The species is of great historical and social importance in its native range. Piñones are edible and form an important food source for the indigenous Pehuenche people of central south of Chile. Monkey puzzle wood is also prized as timber due to its durability and resistance to fungal decay.

Are Monkey Puzzle trees rare?

Illicitly imported in the 18th Century and much loved by the Victorians Monkey Puzzle trees are scattered across the country, though sadly rare in their native lands.

How long does it take for a monkey puzzle tree to grow?

It can live for 1,000 years and grows to 50m high with a trunk diameter of over 3m. Its large seeds, pinones, take two years to mature.

Can you cut the top off a monkey puzzle tree?

You will kill it (as growth comes from the leader only) and make it look terrible, just terrible until it dies. If you really must ‘top it’ then just cut the whole thing down and plant a more suitable plant.

Is it illegal to cut down a monkey puzzle tree?

It’s illegal to cut down a wild monkey puzzle tree in its native habitat, but unfortunately this law is often disobeyed. The Araucaria araucana population is becoming fragmented as trees are destroyed.

How long does a monkey puzzle tree live?

1,000 years
It can live for 1,000 years and grows to 50m high with a trunk diameter of over 3m. Its large seeds, pinones, take two years to mature.

Is Monkey Puzzle a hardwood or softwood?

The monkey puzzle tree is a coniferous evergreen with evenly spaced, horizontal spreading branches that arranged in whorls around the trunk.

Where is the best place to plant a monkey puzzle tree?

Monkey puzzle trees need plenty of room and should not be sited near a power line. The plant prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is very resilient and adaptable to almost any type of soil, even clay, provided it is moist. Young plants need consistent supplemental moisture.

How can you tell if a monkey puzzle tree is male or female?

How can you tell the difference? Male flowers are long fat cones which dangle from the tips of the branches. Female flowers are upright, stout pineapple-shaped things.

What kills a monkey puzzle tree?

Kill the stump by applying a spray of a systemic herbicide such as glyphosate. Systemic herbicides will pull poison into the roots of the tree stump and kill it. This will prevent the tree from producing new seedlings, which are known as suckers.