I have a bit of a 'marmite' situation going on with this tree, can't make up my mind if I love it or hate it! Does anyone else have a view?
I think I like the freshness and habit of the young tree but feel the mature tree is rather lollopy.
At the Barcham Trees nursery we have some 40-50cm tall trees in 20 litre pots available from September 2019.
Sometimes referred to as the Chile Pine, Araucaria araucana is also a native of Argentina.
This ancient slow growing evergreen tree is well known for its distinctive long slender branches that are densely covered with overlapping spiked leaves.
Amazingly enough, it was once a native of Britain. The fossilized wood from this tree was highly coveted by Queen Victoria. Otherwise known as Jet, it was used in the making of mourning jewellery.
Hardy in the UK, they are often planted far too close to houses so have to be removed before they get to maturity.
This unusual conifer prefers a moist loamy soil and has great apical dominance drawing the tree up strongly vertical so it is very suited to crown lifting.
Handle with care - the foliage/leaves are very sharp!
The cones are globular up to 20cm in length and take up to three years to mature.