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Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr

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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -5
  • SYNONYMS Araucaria cookii
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid|High
  • FAMILY Araucariaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires water until established
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Highly salt tolerant
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED No special drainage required
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Araucaria columna
(Cook's pine, New Caledonian pine, coral reef araucaria, coral reef araucaria)

Native to New Caledonia, this coniferous evergreen tree is commonly planted in Hawai'i. It makes a suitable replacement for imported Christmas trees although it doesn’t have a scent. When topped it will grow two more tops, a gift that keeps on giving. It makes a nice specimen or bonsai subject. This tree is drought and salt tolerant once it is established and makes a great windbreak. Its best use may be on the island of Lanai where the needle-like foliage catches water from the passing clouds. The captured fog drip recharges the groundwater for this dry area in the rain shadow.

Plant Uses

  • Privacy-screening plant
  • Specimen
  • Container plant
  • Windbreak
  • Shade
  • Ornamental
  • Bonzai
  • Hedge
  • Woodworking

Dangers

None