• Araucaria heterophylla
  • Araucaria heterophylla
  • Araucaria heterophylla
  • Araucaria heterophylla - distinctive bark
    Araucaria heterophylla
    Araucaria heterophylla - an attractive houseplant when young

Araucaria heterophylla

Norfolk Island Pine
Size: ex 3L pot

Availability: In stock

£16.99

Quick Overview

  • Large highly architectural conifer
  • Distinctive symmetrical foliage
  • Fertile but free-draining soil
  • Tender: ideal houseplant or Christmas Tree
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Description

Araucaria heterophylla, Norfolk Island Pine, is endemic to the Austraian territory of Norfolk Island and grows to a large symmetrical highly-sculptural tree. In the warm temperate climates of Australia and New Zealand it is a well-known and iconic coastal plant, growing to immense size. It symmetrical branching habit and straight tall trunk together with its distinctive foliage and bark that can resemble burnished metal make it one of the most instantly recognised world trees. In the UK it is frost tender and any outdoor experiments would need to be on the southwest coast. It grows outdoors in the Scilly Isles and the most northerly specimen is believed to be one on Valentia Island in County Kerry, southwest Ireland. It is remarkably tolerant of salt spray and poor sandy soils and creates a network of surface roots to stabilise it from strong winds.

Norfolk Island Pine is usually grown as a tall houseplant or exotic Christmas tree in the UK. It requires a well-light aspect and moist humid air. Care shoud be taken to ensure that it doesn't burn in direct sunlight but it can be hardened off each year by taking it outside after the last of the frosts and placing the container in semi-shade until its foliage has toughened up. It can then spend the rest of the summer outdoors, keeping it well watered and given regular liquid feeds before bringing it back indoors in October.

Additional Information

Order Pinales
Family Araucariaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms Araucaria excelsa var. glauca, Eutacta excelsa var. aurea-variegata, Eutacta excelsa var. glauca, Eutacta excelsa var. monstrosa, Eutacta excelsa var. variegata-alba, Eutassa heterophylla
Geographical Origin Australia: Norfolk Island
Cultivation Full sun. Free-draining soil. Can be taken outside during the summmer months
Eventual Height 30m
Eventual Spread 15m
Hardiness Tender in the UK. Grow as a houseplant when young. Could be experimented with in a southwest coastal location that has warm maritime air

Araucaria heterophylla

Norfolk Island Pine
Size: ex 3L pot

Availability: In stock

£16.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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