De Laubenfels' Araucaria
This spectacular Araucaria is known from a limited range in the high mountains of southern New Caledonia to 1400 m (4600 ft). The “wavy look” of the pinnate branchlets in younger trees is characteristic of the species and absolutely stunning. Even though it can grow as tall as 50 m (160 ft.), young plants begin coning when barely 4 m (13 ft.) tall. In cultivation it should do very well in the cooler tropics and in nearly all warm termperate regions. From the conditions in its habitat it would seem that it requires ample moisture, but, like other Araucaria, it should be a highly adaptable. To our knowledge, it has never been offered commercially before.