Monkey-puzzle - Araucaria araucana

Alternative names
Chile Pine

A. araucana is a distinctive evergreen tree with branches clothed in sharply pointed, triangular dark green leaves. Mature plants may bear cones on the upper branches, male and female usually on separate trees.

Identification difficulty

Only found as planted specimens in Britain.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History


UK Status

Originally native to Chile and Central America.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland as planted trees. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map