Araucaria heterophylla, or Norfolk Island pine or Australian pine, is a southern hemisphere conifer native to the Norfolk Islands and Australia. Technically, it's not a real pine. Norfolk Island Pine is one of the few conifers able to adapt to inside the home and is able to tolerate relatively low light levels. In its native habitat, this tree may reach feet in height with pound cones. The tree will grow outside in the United States but only in the semi-tropics of Florida.
Outdoor Norfolk Island Pine Requirements: Growing A Norfolk Island Pine In The Garden
Are you looking for something a little different this year from the customary poinsettia to decorate your home or give as a gift? Try the Norfolk Island pine Araucaria heterophylla. This formal looking plant is readily found at big-box stores and local florists this time of year in various sizes and prices. These plants have a pyramid shape with the limbs arranged in tiers. The branches are whorled and have needle-like foliage. It can be decorated as a mini Christmas tree or simply be a houseplant.
Q: About 10 years ago, someone gave me a Norfolk Island Pine tree. It's over five feet tall now and is spreading quite energetically into our front room. Is it possible to cut back the branches without killing the whole branch? If I cut the new growth from the top, will it fill out more?
Show less In the wild, these trees can grow to feet 61 m. Norfolk Island pines also make great houseplants, and will grow to a height of 5 to 8 feet 1.