The Q&A Archives: Norfolk Pine

Question: Have a healthy Norfolk Pine that is about 5 years old. It is outgrowing the space I have for it and I can't keep it anywhere else. It loved the patio during the warm months but brought it in this late fall and winter. I was wondering if I can plant this 5 ft. Norfolk outside or must it be kept indoors for fall and winter survival?

Answer: Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria) grows outdoors in warm-winter regions, but won't survive your winter climate outdoors. The trees can grow to 100' under optimal conditions, but generally peak out at about 5 feet when grown in a container. So, the good new is that your tree has probably reached its mature height. Since Norfolk Island Pines are generally slow growing, you can keep them on the small side by keeping them pot-bound. The bottom line is you'll have to protect your tree from winter weather if you want it to survive.

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