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Monkey Puzzle Tree

I'm growing a Monkey Tree in zone 5.  I summer it outdoors and move it to the basement for the winter.  Can it eventually stay outside year round? 

The Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) is a relative to the Norfolk Island pine that many of us grow as a houseplant.  Though the Monkey Puzzle tree is a little hardier (zone 7), it will not survive your cold winters.  Continue summering it outdoors and overwintering inside as long as you can move the pot.  Eventually it will grow too big to move and you may need to find someone with an atrium or greenhouse to adopt your plant.  What a good problem to have.

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