Monkey puzzle TREE, that is. This is one fascinating tree. The monkey puzzle (Araucaria araucana, USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11) is native to Chile and Argentina (the Andes, more specifically), and can grow up to 80 feet tall and 30 feet wide. It’s coniferous, and its cones can grow up to 6 inches long. We’ve heard stories of them being quite dangerous when they fall from the tree. The tree itself is a potential hazard if planted too near a heavily traveled area, since the scale-like “leaves” are quite sharp. No matter the danger, the tree is fascinating, though it’s not for small gardens. We spotted this specimen while touring gardens in the northwestern U.S.
The wikipedia page on this plant is fascinating–check it out here! Do you grow this tree? If so, tell us about it in the comments below.
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