Monkey Puzzle Tree
Native to volcanic slopes in the Andes Mountains, the Monkey Puzzle received its name in the mid 1800’s when someone commented that it would puzzle a monkey to climb this tree due to its very stiff and spiky leaves. Monkey Puzzles have a loose pyramidal shape while young, and develop an umbrella-like canopy as they age. This unusual evergreen is a great specimen plant in any garden and is sure to have neighbors and visitors mesmerized. Araucaria araucana is at the very edge of its hardiness in Niagara. When in its native habitat it can grow to 50 feet or more, an older specimen in Niagara on the lake is barely five feet tall. We strongly recommend planting it in a sheltered location.