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Araucaria heterophylla

Common Name(s):
Norfolk island pine
Category:
Trees
Comment:

This tropical needled evergreen tree is commonly grown as a houseplant in teperate climates.  It has whorled branches with typically five branches per whorl.  It is native to Norfolk Island off the coast of Australia.

For indoor use fertile, porous, sandy, peaty, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in fairly cool conditions (55-65 degrees F). Full sun is normally best for developing compact symmetrical growth, but some light afternoon shade may be needed to avoid possible foliage bleach (yellow tints). As a houseplant, it will generally adapt to the warm, dry atmosphere found in most offices and homes. Consider weekly or biweekly applications of dilute liquid fertilizer from spring through fall. Avoid soils that are too soggy or too dry.

Zones:
9 to 10
Habit:
upright
Texture:
fine
Form:
pyramidal to columnar
Leaf:
Needlike, awl-shapted 1/2" long leaves are soft with sharp pointed ends. They overlap each other and point to the stem ends.
Tags:
houseplant, interiorscape, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2922

Araucaria heterophylla Araucaria heterophylla
Kathleen Moore, CC BY - 2.0