Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: To 200' in native habitat
Leaves: Evergreen
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

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Conservation status: Vulnerable
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Posted by heidib1 on Feb 18, 2013 10:23 AM

my norfolk pine has several brown branches is this normal? what should I feed this tree?

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 29, 2011 5:24 PM

This plant was a gift about 4 years ago; it was potted and maybe about 6 inches tall. Now it towers above 5' and lives in its pot outdoors in summer and inside in winter here in zone 6/7 in western Kentucky. It needs filtered light and likes humidity.

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Posted by plantladylin ( Florida - Zone 9b) on Oct 14, 2011 5:14 PM

Araucaria heterophylla, Norfolk Island Pine is endemic to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean. This tree can attain heights of 200' in its native habitat, but most of us are more familiar with the smaller versions sold as houseplants, especially around holiday time when they are often found for sale in local garden centers. The Norfolk Island Pine has an upright, pyramid growth habit with an occasional tilt or leaning appearance. This tree has a weak root system and may need staking as it grows taller.

Here in Florida in the southern part of the state, the Norfolk Island Pine is grown as a landscape tree, but it also does well in zone 9 central Florida, in warmer protected microclimates, especially near the water. Tall specimen trees are often damaged by the high winds of tropical storms and hurricanes, but they will recover if cut back to the ground, where new suckers will form.

I've had many of the small Norfolk Island Pine trees over the years. I would purchase a few during the holiday season and decorate them with miniature ornaments or tiny bows or small sea shells. My neighbor has a large Norfolk Island Pine Tree in her yard, one I gave her as a 4' tree years ago that is now taller than her house. The tree in my photo was one that was moved to a location behind the shed until I could find time to re-pot into a larger container. It was forgotten and eventually took root in the ground, and the plastic pot disintegrated.

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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 30, 2015 8:42 PM

My Dad is a woodturner and I can tell you they really prize the wood from this tree. He's always on the hunt for one being taken down and then cutting it up and distributing it to his woodturning club members.

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