The natural habitat is from New South Wales into Queensland, however Araucaria cunninghamianii or ‘Hoop Pine’ can be found growing over a much wider range.
This is a long lived tree with specimens identified as over 300 years old.
Characterised by a straight rounded trunk, the common name of ‘Hoop Pine’ comes from the distinct growth rings the appear.
These trees were widely used by early settlers for timber, and much of the older stands were harvested.
This is a tree that requires a large garden or park to cope with its size.
In a well drained soil and a warm climate, Araucaria cunninghamianii is very low care once established.
You do need to choose a permanent position as these trees do take well to being transplanted.
- Dig soil over well before planting.
- Add some well rotted compost.
- Plant at the same depth as in the pot.
- Water in well.
- Water through the first two summers and any extended dry periods.
The Hoop Pine will send down a long tap root, once established it requires no extra watering.
Removal of dead or damaged limbs is all that will be required.
Botanical Name – Araucaria cunninghamianii
Common Names – Hoop Pine
Position – Full Sun.
Soil – Well drained, deep and fertile for good growth. Will tolerate dry soils once established.
Height – To around 60 metres.
Spread – To around 10 metres.
Growth Rate – Fast when young, slowing as the tree ages.
Flowers – Spikes (Male) or Cones (Female)
Flowering Time – Winter to Spring and Summer.
Foliage – Mid to deep green.
Frost tolerant – Mild frosts only.
Drought tolerant – Yes once established.