Native to Chile and Norfolk Island, an island in the South Pacific, about 930 miles north of Sidney.
Related species include Monkey-Puzzle.
Leaves are stiff, dark green, needle-like and crowded on branches. Branches emerge from center stem in tiers and are parallel to the ground.
Classed as a gymnosperm meaning naked seeds.
Plant is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 220 feet with a trunk diameter of 10 feet in its native habitat.
Chill sensitive, can be stored at 50-65F for 4 weeks. However, storage at 36F for 4 days did not harm plants. Can tolerate short temperature durations at 25F. May require restaking after shipment in order to maintain the proper shape.
The specific epithet name of heterophylla means various leafed.
Araucaria: from Arauco, a province in Southern Chile.
Named for the Duke of Norfolk by Captain James Cook in 1774 at the same time the island was given the same name.
While this species will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort, higher light levels are preferred.
Do not attempt to separate multi stem plants as death to some or all of the stems will often result.
Recent Research Findings:
Poole and Conover (1993) stored this species at 36-46F from 1-4 days and subsequently noted no damage.