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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

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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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Great Service
Very easy to order, very very nice people on the phones, answered every question and it came well packaged and very quickly. Great communication all around. My only quibble is that the reviews I read before ordering made me think that the plant I would get would be larger. I got a plant that could easily have been shipped in a 3.5" pot. I basically got a seedling in a gallon pot. Sadly, the product didn't live up to the customer service. At all. Now I'm reluctant to order anything else from them.
May 7, 2018
Arrived half dead.
While most of the trees I have bought from Fast Growing Trees arrived healthy, this one was tiny and the edges were brown. Despite my care, it died about a month later. I was surprised because the reviews, at least the ones that show, are excellent and it should have done well here in a sunny spot South Carolina.
April 17, 2018
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Beautiful and prehistoric
Just Received my monkey puzzle tree and its in great condition and gorgeous. earliest fossils of Araucaria date back toto the late Permian/early Triassic (around)200. million years ago, this tree fed the giant saurapods of south america 80-65 M.Y.A. i find my tree to be beautiful as well as humbling.
December 8, 2017
Doing well after one year of very slow growth.
Going in, I knew this would be a very slow growth tree, but it is so unique. I saw that they were grown in England in the 1800's, so cold weather is not an issue. It is doing well in middle Florida, as I water it three times a week in sandy soil. Growth is slow, maybe 2" a year, but expected. A very unique tree. More info is available by searching on Google.
November 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
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My Araucaria araucana has grown 1 foot in 2 years. This slow growth is due to the heat here in Houston. Despite the slow growth the tree appears to be in excellent health.
November 12, 2017
over 2 years ago
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As described and delivered
June 23, 2017
1 year ago
A tree designed by Dr Suess( I Think)
I have wanted a Monkey Puzzle Tree fo a long time .
However I would only see them 6'tall for $600. Or more . I was so pleased to find one about 15"talk that I can watch grow for a very reasonable price . It will be a focal point of my garden .
June 15, 2017
1 year ago
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Great tree!
The wife and I saw them in Seattle and wanted to have one in Massachusetts. It will indoor well during the winter until it gets too big! We don't anticipate that happening for a long time!
June 14, 2017
1 year ago
Planted it when I got it- it seems to be doing well- and growing!
June 6, 2017
1 year ago
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Since planting in the ground it has new growth. So far so good.
June 4, 2017
1 year ago

Planting & Care

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

Monkey Puzzle Tree Planting Diretions

The monkey puzzle tree became quite popular in the late 18th century due to its unique appearance. Its foliage is quite out of the ordinary and interesting to look at. Monkey puzzles are also known as “Monkey Tail” or “Chilean Pine” trees. They are evergreens that are native to Chile and Argentina and will thrive in zones 6-10.

The name is believed to have originated from the owner of a young puzzle tree at Pencarrow Garden in Cornwall. As he was showing off the strange looking tree, someone stated “It would puzzle a monkey to climb that tree.”


Choosing a location: Plant your monkey puzzle tree where it will receive full sun or partial shade. If you experience particularly hot summers, planting the tree somewhere that gets extra shade in the afternoon will help protect it from getting scorched. They grow in almost any kind of soil as long as it is well drained. If there is a high content of clay in your soil, amend it using sand and pebbles to increase the drainage capability.

*TIP* You can test your drainage by digging a 1 foot wide by 1 foot deep hole and filling it with water. Wait an hour, if the water has not fully drained, you will need to amend the soil to allow better drainage.

Coastal regions are good for this tree, as the monkey puzzle does well with salty air. It will not do well around a lot of pollution so big city locations may not be the best idea. Monkey puzzles can also be planted in a container for areas that have long periods of freezing winter temperatures.


Planting directions (in ground):
1) Dig your hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball. Loosen the soil around the hole and the root ball so that the roots can easily break through.
2) Position the roots downwards into the hole and be sure the tree is straight.
3) As you backfill the hole, make sure you remove all air pockets by tamping down the soil and applying water.
4) Water the tree planting area again after planting is complete to settle the soil.


Planting directions (potted): You can easily maintain a monkey puzzle in your home if the climate is too hot/cold for outdoor planting.

1) Choose a pot size that you can maintain. Monkey puzzles are like goldfish, their size will be determined by the container it’s in.
2) Plant the tree into the pot using a well draining houseplant potting soil. A basic Miracle Grow potting medium will work just fine.
3) They enjoy a full sun exposure so keeping the pot next to a South facing window should allow it to get the proper amount of sun.


Watering: Water the tree deeply every week or two during its first year. Remember, you want a moist soil, not saturated. Allow the soil to get dry before you water the tree again. Add a 2-3 inch layer of mulch at the base of the tree to retain soil moisture and keep the roots cool during hot summer temperatures. You can reduce the watering during the cooler seasons.

For a potted monkey puzzle, try to keep the soil slightly moistened. A good way to get an idea for how often to water is by using your index finger. Stick it into the soil down to a depth of a couple inches and feel around. If there is some moisture still there, leave it be. If the soil feels like it’s getting dry, give it just enough water to where you see water starting to escape through the drainage holes and stop.


Pruning: Early spring is the best time for pruning the monkey puzzle tree. This is the best time to remove any issues that may have occurred over the winter. Always be sure to sterilize your cutting tool with some rubbing alcohol and make your cut at a 45 degree angle above a lateral branch. Also remove any brown or yellowing leaves by making your cut as close to the trunk as possible.

Suckers may appear near the base of the tree. Be sure to remove these as soon as possible as they will steal nutrients away from the primary trunk. A monkey puzzle has a naturally round shape that is relatively easy to maintain with little effort but can be shaped into any desired form. Lower branches of a potted puzzle tree will die off later in the plant’s life and these will need to be removed.


Fertilization: Puzzles need a good fertile soil in order to grow. You can amend some compost into your soil at the planting site if it’s lacking in nutrients. A monthly feeding around early spring to summer with an all purpose, water soluble fertilizer formula is recommended. Potted puzzles need a monthly fertilizing with a balanced house plant food. If the tree’s new growth appears to be pale in color then this is an early warning that more fertilizer is needed. Apply a micro-nutrient spray yearly once or twice for the best results.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Very unique looking
Kayla R on Apr 28, 2018
Sparked my imagination.
Alvina R on Feb 23, 2018
Very unique looking
Kayla R on Apr 28, 2018
Been wanting one for a while and it was not available (or even heard of) at any of my local nurseries. :)
Sam N on Mar 15, 2018
Sparked my imagination.
Alvina R on Feb 23, 2018
I saw a huge one in Scotland and wanted to have one too.
Lance R on Jan 3, 2018
I thought this looked interesting and I was looking for something different in our yard. We have lots of pine trees but nothing like this.
Lisa L on Dec 2, 2017
Looks interesting
Alicia G on Nov 30, 2017
I saw this tree in Europe. Unusual and majestic. Decided it was a perfect gift for my son.
Scott W on Nov 26, 2017
I love the uniqueness of this tree!
Janice F on Nov 3, 2017
Saw this tree back in June 2017 and decided I had to have one since I like exotic trees!
Carrie N on Oct 29, 2017
It looks cool!
Tamara P on Oct 19, 2017
Ordered it for a dear friend who saw them first while visiting us here in Germany last year. She's been trying to find I just ordered for her.
Tina T on Oct 18, 2017
Very unique for the north east
george h on Oct 5, 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
Been wanting one for a while and it was not available (or even heard of) at any of my local nurseries. :)
Sam N on Mar 15, 2018
I saw a huge one in Scotland and wanted to have one too.
Lance R on Jan 3, 2018
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
what is the mature width of a monkey puzzle tree?
Nancy A on Feb 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The mature width is 20-30ft.
Is this a tree for the Detroit Michigan region?
Dan P on May 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Best for growing zones 6-10
Ships from ?
Carole on Jan 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: South Carolina
Phoenix, Arizona is zone 9 wonder if it can take the extreme heat? Or if can survive if given enough irrigation?
Nick B on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will make it in a zone 9. The recommend growing zones are 6-10.
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.

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