Norfolk Island Pine
House Pine, Star Pine
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.
Generally not harvested.
Seed sown in seedbed as soon as ripe
Take cuttings from vertical branches in midsummer, if cuttings are taken from horizontal branches they will not form upright trees.
Norfolk Island, Pacific Ocean
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
In warmer climates use as a large specimen tree in the UK it is used to provide architectural in conservatories or bright indoor rooms.