photo of monkey puzzle tree

(Araucaria Araucana)

As well as supplying bedding plants we also specialise in Monkey Puzzle trees.
In stock we have two main sizes

4 year old tree in a 1 litre pot - £9.95

10 year old tree - £39.00

12 year old tree - £49.00

Advice on growing Monkey Puzzle trees

Growth

These fascinating trees have a slow rate of growth and tend to grow between the months of June and September with their new growth showing as an apple green colour. They take many years to reach maturity, typically growing approximately three metres in ten years

Soil/Compost type

It is best to use well drained (lumpy and gritty) compost as they produce a very sparse root system and struggle to cope with being over watered. Try to keep your tree slightly on the dry side and never let it stand in water, this will minimise the risk of its roots rotting.

Siting

Bear in mind these trees can become very big so it's best not to plant one a few metres away from your front window as after ten years you will be starting to regret it. A good way of getting the best from your tree is to keep it in a pot for a few years, this way it will become an unusual feature of your patio and eventually when it has outgrown this enviroment it can be planted well away from the house.

picture of wollemi pine

These incredibly rare, amazing trees will look stunning in any garden (see photo below).

It will grow in any soil type as long as it is free draining.

Can be pruned hard in winter or just leave it to mature into a beautiful tree.

Through early summer it will produce attractive apple green foliage, contrasting with its dark green.

They are frost hardy down to about -9 degrees and dont mind if we get a summer heatwave!

One golden rule: Don't over water - only give it a drink when it's dry

 

 

Prices:-

4 year old tree.......  £49

5 year old tree.......  £59

Collection only from our nursery.

 

Facts about Wollemi Pine
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Claim to fame: One of the world's oldest and rarest trees

Scientific name: Wollemia nobilis

Family: Araucariaceae

Relatives : Kauri, Norfolk Island, Hoop, Bunya and Monkey Puzzle pines

When discovered: 1994

Where discovered: 200km west of Sydney in a rainforest gorge within the 500,000 hectare Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains

Discovered by David Noble, a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Officer and avid bushwalker

Age: The Wollemi Pine belongs to the 200 million year old Araucariaceae family

Oldest known fossil: 90 million years

Wild population: Less than 100 mature trees

Characteristics : Conifer with attractive, unusual dark green foliage, bubbly bark and sprouts multiple trunks

Growth habit: Fast growing in light, favours acid soils, and temperatures from - 5 to 45°C (23 to 113°F). Trials in the USA and Japan have indicated that it will survive temperatures as cold as -12°C (10.4 °F).

Size: The largest wild Wollemi Pine in the rainforest gorge is 40m tall with a main trunk of 63cm in width

Check out our YouTube video diary on germinating Wollemi Pine seeds, click below.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EI53oCMNGpQ. (Part one)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dwcfQrJzAic (Part two)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hLuCIx88pOk (Part three)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0jSkpyPLg8 (Part four)