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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Araucaria araucana

Monkey Puzzle LeavesMonkey Puzzle 


About Monkey Puzzle at OSU's Landscape Plants site       

  • Native to Chilean mountains.

  • In the wild can attain over 100’ in height.

  • A primitive conifer – the leaves are scaly, thick, overlapping, and very sharp.

  • Tree is either male (with large oblong cones) or female (with round cones 6” across). Seeds are edible and tasty when heated.

  • Quite common in Portland. The 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition gave seedlings away, making many trees in Portland similar sizes.

  • The Heritage Trees are males.


    Tree # Location Dimensions Photo and Notes
    236 419 NE Hazelfern Pl
    Private, Front Yard

    70' Height
    37' Spread
    8.5' Circ.

    Heritage Tree 236
    237 415 NE Laurelhurst Pl
    Private, Front Yard

    75' Height
    36' Spread
    9.4' Circ.

    Heritage Tree 237
    273 446 NE Fargo St
    Private, Front Yard

    60' Height
    35' Spread
    8.5' Circ.

    Heritage Tree 273