Norfolk Island Pine

Araucaria heterophylla

House Pine, Star Pine

profile iconAraucaria heterophylla in New Zealand
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profile iconAraucaria heterophylla in New Zealand
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Araucaria heterophylla is grown as a house plant in the UK, on its native island in the Pacific it grows into a striking tree. A cousin of the equally interesting monkey puzzle, this species is also known as Norfolk Island Pine. It is a great indoor conifer and will do well in a bright position, growing into a small tree. Soft needles cover the tiered branches and stem giving the plant the appearance of an exotic Christmas tree. To restrict the growth keep slightly pot bound.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Seed sown in seedbed as soon as ripe

Cuttings

Take cuttings from vertical branches in midsummer, if cuttings are taken from horizontal branches they will not form upright trees.

Special features

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Norfolk Island, Pacific Ocean

Natural climate

Sub tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

In warmer climates use as a large specimen tree in the UK it is used to provide architectural in conservatories or bright indoor rooms.

Personality

Family

Araucariaceae

Scent

None

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