Araucaria araucana 'ROBUSTA GHERI'

Araucaria araucana
Araucaria araucana 'ROBUSTA GHERI'
monkey puzzle tree, hardy araucaria
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
Exotics
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Monkey puzzle tree is a conifer that originates from Chile but we have a special selection for you which comes from Italy and is hardier and more reliable in our continental climate.

It is called Robusta Gheri and is the only one that survived winter of 1985 in Tuscany when temperature dropped down to -22°C. Until today this winter is remembered as the worst in the past half century. It is very similar to the species. Only its trunk is more massive, branches are a bit wider apart from one another, and the colour of leaves (flattened needles) is lighter. Adult plants bear large, rounded cones with edible seeds.

It grows slowly into a regular, symmetrically pyramidal shape. Its height will vary with location but is estimated between 3-4 m under our conditions (zone 6). It is widely soil adaptable, just make sure it is moist in summer but well-drained so that it does not stand in water in winter. Do not over-fertilize. Shelter from strong, drying winds. Experienced hardiness to -24°C (USDA zone 6) or more with protection.

Last update 09-01-2009; 05-02-2010
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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