Hoop Pine


Araucaria cunninghamii, also known as the hoop pine or Moreton Bay pine, is a large coniferous tree native to the coastal regions of Eastern Australia.

Tree Height and Spread: Araucaria cunninghamii can grow quite tall, reaching a mature height of up to 45 meters. However, the tree can take several decades or even centuries to get its full size. In terms of spread, the tree can have a broad, rounded crown with a width of as much as 18-24 meters.

Preferred Soil Type: Araucaria cunninghamii prefers well-draining soil rich in organic matter. It is adaptable to many soils, including clay, sand, and loam, but it does best in neutral soils with slightly acidic pH. The tree is also salt-tolerant, which makes it well-suited for coastal environments.

Soil pH: Araucaria cunninghamii is a species that can grow in soils with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0, but it will do best in slightly acidic soils, with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Maintaining the appropriate soil pH is essential to keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

Light Requirements: Araucaria cunninghamii is a tree that prefers full sun to partial shade. While it will tolerate full sun, it will grow best in areas that receive partial shade during the hottest day. This helps to reduce stress on the tree and prevent leaf scorching.

Water Requirements: Araucaria cunninghamii is a drought-tolerant tree, but it will do best if it receives regular watering. It is essential to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged to prevent root rot and other problems associated with poor drainage. During periods of drought, it is necessary to water the tree deeply and regularly to ensure that it receives the water it needs to thrive.

Fertilizer Requirements: Araucaria cunninghamii is a tree that is relatively low maintenance in terms of fertilizer requirements. However, it will benefit from applying a balanced, slow-release fertilizer every 2-3 years. This will help to maintain the tree’s health and promote steady growth.

Pruning Requirements: Araucaria cunninghamii does not require much pruning, but it may benefit from occasional pruning to maintain its shape and remove any dead or diseased branches. Pruning should be done in the early spring before the tree begins to put out new growth.

Pests and Diseases: Araucaria cunninghamii is relatively resistant to pests and diseases but can be susceptible to damage from wind and heavy rains. It is also vulnerable to fungal infections, such as root rot, if the soil is waterlogged. To prevent these problems, it is crucial to provide good drainage and to avoid over-watering the tree.

Araucaria cunninghamii is a large, attractive tree well-suited to many growing conditions. Proper care can provide a stunning focal point in the landscape for many years to come. By keeping the soil consistently moist, avoiding over-fertilization, and providing adequate light and water, you can help your hoop pine thrive and reach its full potential.

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 50 × 10 × 14 cm
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