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Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana

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Growing Zones: 6-10
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

60-70 ft.

Mature Width:

20-30 ft.


Full Sun


20-30 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Araucaria araucana

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A Timeless, Hardy Tree with Old-World Elegance

A Wonder of the Ancient World
Why the Monkey Puzzle, you ask? This coniferous tree rose to popularity in late 18th-century Europe for its strange prehistoric appearance, and is a great option for gardeners and property owners looking for something a bit outside the box. With heights of up to 90 feet and large, upward-arching branches, it offers a unique look for just about any landscape--its sure to be the talk of the neighborhood!

Year-Round Color
This evergreen lives up to the name, providing striking green foliage throughout the year. It is native to Chile and Argentina, but can thrive in a variety of cool, humid, and temperate climates, specifically zones 6-10.

Tough, Deer Resistant
This is not a tree you'd enjoy climbing! Its sweeping, spiny limbs were thought to confuse and repel monkeys (hence the name), and you shouldn't have any problems with your local deer and rabbit populations either.

The Monkey Puzzle is the definition of effortless beauty. Plant in the fall or spring, give them plenty of sunshine and space, and let these easy-to-grow trees do their thing. Pruning is rarely needed, but be sure to remove any dead branches you find.

Ornamental Charm
What the Monkey Puzzle tree lacks in privacy and wind resistance it makes up in its peculiar, decorative style. Its long been prized as an ornamental piece and is ideal for adding contrasting texture and personality to your garden.

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Customer Reviews

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45 Reviews
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Unique Prehistoric Treasure
I bought this Monkey Puzzle Tree to replace the one someone stole from my front yard a couple years ago ( they seen the uniqueness in it that i did) This one came right away and packaged nicely. Official State sticker stating Clemson University Nursery, South Carolina.
April 17, 2015
Naples, FL
Growing Zone:
nice evergreen
This is a nice focal tree. You don't want to have it somewhere that you will brush-up on it or have to work around it. The branches can be a little aggressive. They are quite sharp, but in retrospect, it is beautiful. Dark green and the branches are a nice shape. This is quite a conversation piece. It is planted in full sun and a windy, arid spot.
July 28, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Arrived Today!
Ordered the Monkey Puzzle tree late at night on 26 March and received order on 1 April. I believe that was good timing since I ordered late at night and crossing a weekend. I was at home when it arrived FedEx in a solid looking box in great condition. I've ordered plants from the National Arbor Foundation (NAF) so my bar was set pretty low on what to expect. NAF was soooo cheap and it looked like that when you get a stick in a bag in the mail. This Monkey Puzzle tree looked like a rubber or plastic toy. It actually looked too good to be real, but it is real! My wife was super excited. She saw a full grown one on her trip back to England and wanted one, so I'm a hero!! Thanks Fast-Growing-Trees.com!!
April 1, 2015
Growing Zone:
Patience needed
The first year of life, my monkey puzzle tree seems very healthy, but I don't think it grew more than a couple of inches. As it's about a foot tall now, I guess it's a contribution to future generations.
January 19, 2016
Tulalip, WA
over 2 years ago
cool tree
the first i heard of this tree was in the movie " the ghost and mrs. muir " but the tree was never shown. now i finally know and have one. they are so cool.
August 17, 2015
over 2 years ago
Super fast delivery. Useful instructions included.
July 27, 2015
over 2 years ago
This tree rocks!!!
When I lived in Portland, OR, the monkey puzzle was popular & a status symbol!! I kust love the tree!! It's interesting, an evergreen, which I love, it has 'tude!! Squirrels will hate it because it's prickly!! As far as hardiness, I guess I'll find out because I live in Michigan , won't I?? I thought Monkey Puzzle Trees would be hard to find, & really expensive, but I was wrong on both counts!! Fast Growing Trees made my wish to have a couple of these trees!!
October 22, 2016
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Such a cheeky Monkey!
So far everything is going great with our new tree. We planted it a few days after it arrived, using the Rocket Root packet. It's been about two weeks now and there is a bit of new, yellow-green growth at the tip of the branches, which makes me quite happy.

Packaging was exceptional. I expected to receive a seedling with a root system, in a bag - as I have received from other vendors. Those trees never survived. But instead, we received an actual tree in a pot - btw, I'm so very thankful for that - and it looked healthy and vibrant. What a non-cheap thing for a company to do! That NEVER happens what with businesses always cutting corners and making their products less costly to them and more expensive to consumers all the time.

I am so pleasantly surprised that I can't imagine buying more trees from any other company.
May 21, 2016
Framingham, MA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Unique tree very hardy
Very special tree and easy to grow. It attracts a lot of attention in my northern California neighborhood. I'll enjoy it for years to come.
July 25, 2015
over 2 years ago
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Plants arrived in EXCELLENT condition!
I had ordered from another source years ago, so I was not expecting to get such a great plants, ordered 3, and they arrived in pristine condition! Healthy, with new growth showing at the base of the plants as well. I know research shows that these are slow growing trees, that's what we as gardeners do, plant to watch them grow, or plant to fill in bare spots. These specimen type plants are great additions, simply watch where you place them to enjoy them! Thank you for such a great plant shipment!
April 16, 2016
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Monkey Puzzle Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Monkey Puzzle Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Monkey Puzzle Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Monkey Puzzle Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Fast-Growing-Trees.com Store
It was different
Cheryl W on Jun 6, 2017
Cause it it a different kind of tree
Suzette/zackery A on May 4, 2017
It was different
Cheryl W on Jun 6, 2017
I saw this at a park and loved the way it looked
cathyjo g on May 18, 2017
Cause it it a different kind of tree
Suzette/zackery A on May 4, 2017
This tree has a fascinating growing structure. It looks like a cactus.
Maria H on May 1, 2017
unique appearance
Danny T on Apr 30, 2017
I just fell in love with it
karen b on Apr 28, 2017
My Husband and I saw one of these at a pottery store and fell in love with the way this tree looks. We both wanted one in our home.
Susan M on Apr 28, 2017
I've always wanted one just worried about pine bores
DANNISE B on Apr 24, 2017
My favorite tree as a child in Scotland.
James H on Apr 23, 2017
Very slow grower
Liam T on Apr 15, 2017
Always wanted to grow one.
terry h on Apr 10, 2017
Bought two, one made it thru the winter, the other did not.
venis a on Apr 8, 2017
It looks so cool! My husband keeps seeing these trees around town so I decided to surprise him with one for our one year anniversary. It will be wonderful to plant this tree at our new home and watch it grow over the years.
Nicole S on Apr 4, 2017
I have always admired these unique and beautiful trees.
I grew up near one in Washington State and always wanted one.
Kramer K on Mar 23, 2017
I fall in love with this tree last weekend. It was big probably 20 feet and gorgeous.
beata E on Mar 8, 2017
like nuts
Liliana F on Mar 6, 2017
We saw a beautiful specimen of monkey puzzle tree in Ireland, and wanted to add some interest to our front yard. Looking forward to seeing the tree grow!
Diane B on Feb 24, 2017
Interesting tree. It is stiff and sticky but is has a beautiful texture and form
Kae P on Feb 24, 2017
Beautiful and exotic looking tree. Wanted a few for my yard.
mike p on Feb 21, 2017
Unique specimen
Joseph L on Feb 11, 2017
I had one in Portland OR...and I adored it!
Michael A on Feb 10, 2017
Saw many of these when on vacation in Scotland. Like the form & textures & it works for our large acreage.
Angela C on Dec 23, 2016
Berenika K on Dec 13, 2016
Unique plant that I saw being exhibited at the zoo. My dad loved it and wanted one so I thought it would be a great Christmas gift for him.
Jair P on Dec 12, 2016
We love the look of this tree. We saw one in Spanaway,WA and fell in love with it.
Janice D on Dec 3, 2016
had one before, very interesting tree.
william c on Nov 18, 2016
I saw the tree in Washington State and fell in love with it and decided to order 2 for myself. It's a beautiful tree.
Jerotha M on Nov 6, 2016
Just ridiculously different
thomas m on Nov 5, 2016
We bought this for the uniqueness of the tree. Beautiful when grown!
Vickie B on Nov 1, 2016
MARY V on Jun 14, 2016
I saw this tree on vacation in Ireland and I've been fascinated by it ever since.
paul a on Apr 17, 2016
Such a unique tree
SIGRID A on Apr 16, 2016
I saw them in Victoria Canada and thought I would like to grow one in California
Susan R on Apr 15, 2016
I saw this tree in the Patagonia, Argentina and fell in love with it. I discovered that it would grow in my area and I had to have one.
Elizabeth W on Apr 12, 2016
to complete row
kevin b on Apr 3, 2016
we had these years back
gulam y on Apr 1, 2016
just wanted something a little different for a gift and it is deer resistant. I ordered a live oak as a gift earlier and I was impressed at the speed of delivery and the condition of the tree upon arrival. very impressive merchandise and service.
david a on Mar 31, 2016
different unique great value some sites same tree over 200.00. plus its fun to plant outside the norm once and awhile.
joey s on Mar 17, 2016
Timothy S on Mar 7, 2016
It is a gift for someone dear to me who loves these trees but does not own one.
linda r on Mar 4, 2016
always wanted one for a long time finally getting one.
richard h on Feb 26, 2016
I bought this tree as a companion specimen tree for my Wollemi nobles. Unique looking tree which I will grow in Houston. I am going to use a sand gravel compost mis to combat root rot and a shade umbrella to protect t the tree from direct sun during July, August and early September.
william f on Feb 13, 2016
My son wants one!
Carolyn T on Feb 9, 2016
For giant pine nuts
Deberlee on Jan 28, 2016
Fascinated by the tree
Robert F on Jan 3, 2016
unusual, saw in Ireland
Alberta K on Dec 6, 2015
My husband has been dying to grow one!
Kathleen H on Nov 21, 2015
Unusual tree, hardy with reasonable mature size. A unique specie.
Lent J on Nov 10, 2015
Not much selection of evergreens for the South. This looks like an interesting tree for my front yard.
Angela F B on Oct 23, 2015
I picked this tree because it looked interesting. I have not seen it before, I would like to see if it works for my property of 2 acres. Cant wait for it to arrive.
Nazeli Z on Oct 17, 2015
I saw this at a park and loved the way it looked
cathyjo g on May 18, 2017
This tree has a fascinating growing structure. It looks like a cactus.
Maria H on May 1, 2017
one gallon monkey puzzle tree size?
A shopper on Oct 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
how many feet per year does this tree grow?
Lyneese G on Feb 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Monkey Puzzle tree is a very slow grower for the first few years, but once it gets a good root system established, it picks up speed and can grow up to 12-14 inches a year. In general, it is considered to be a slow-growing tree, which goes along with its being a very long-lived tree.
I want to plant this tree indoors in Montana as I have seen one grow beautifully here. How ltall is the tree when shipped and how fast will it grow?
Kit J on Mar 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
They can grow up to 1 foot per year.
what type of root system in regards to septic system?
jim m on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Monkey Puzzle tree has a pretty expansive root system that goes deep and wide, with large, fleshy roots. Though it will take it many years to reach mature size of 20-30 feet wide, I would not plant it any closer than 20 feet from a septic system.
Can it survive in MA?
Rubye B on Dec 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zone is 6-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
what is the mature width of a monkey puzzle tree?
Nancy A on Feb 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The mature width is 20-30ft.
Will it grow in zone 5/utah?
Penny W on Apr 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Probably not without protection. A heated greenhouse or large cloche would do in thhe winter. Interestingly enough; the royal horticultural society claims it to be hardy enough in ALL of continental Europe, but the US only generally claims it's hardiness to zone 7(0 F). I think definitely when it's young it will need protection for multiple years, but if it becomes more mature and healthy as it ages, then it will probably live a long time.
Does a monkey tree grow well in a container for a couple of years?
woodsmm on Jan 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have had one in a pot as a house plant for 32 years now; the person who gave it to me had it for about 20 years before that-! Mine has survived a house fire, and a freeze (during a move in winter) - excellent tree!
Is this a tree for the Detroit Michigan region?
Dan P on May 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Do I plant seeds inside first?
Deb W on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We didn't start our monkey puzzle tree w/ seeds, rather a small plant. It did well at first but we eventually lost it. I do plan to try another one! They are awesome to see fully grown!!
How insect resistant is it ?
Toni G on May 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree is seldom bothered by insects when grown in the U.S., though it can occasionally have mealybugs, scale and thrips or spider mites, especially when grown in a container.
How do the roots travel? Will they lift driveway or concrete porch if grown under it?
Jeanne on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is a VERY slow growing tree. We planted ours a few feet from our driveway, and no problem to date.
I didn't mean to put morning in front of monkey tree. I just wanted to know how old is the tree before it starts to produce nuts?
Deberlee on Jan 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It can take 15-25 years before it starts producing seeds.
Can you grow a monkey pine tree from one of the pine cones from the plant?
DeanCimino on Dec 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can grow them from the seeds that they produce and fall on the ground.
Are you planning on getting any more Monkey Puzzle trees? If so when would you be able to start shipping again?
Linda K on Jul 7, 2017

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