Zone 5 (West Michigan) Monkey Puzzle Tree Growing Outdoors

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  1. markinwestmich

    markinwestmich Active Member

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    Well, I may have to eat my words from previous posts. I visited Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan (zone 5). Look what I found growing nicely next to one of the outbuildings.
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    With other stuff that isn't hardy in zone 5, e.g. that feather palm at the left.

    Methinks they bring it inside in the winter. It certainly looks a bit etiolated.
     
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    markinwestmich Active Member

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    Well, it does look etoliated, good observation. It was planted in the ground, though. Perhaps it was in a buried container? I was just a little suprised to see it as it was not really on "display", but rather tucked away in a little bed on the side of a small outbuilding.
     
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    They can take -23.c /-4.f and have protection from the buildings so it should be
    ok it also could be a high altitude origin from Chile.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    In Michigan it might be subjected to -40F. Nothing around it in the picture is a hardy plant.
     
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    It should be OK, they've been growing them in Niagara, Ont. for years. The same zone 5-6 as you. They get a-lot of winter burn, but slowly keep growing.
     
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    That is one Strange looking tree. But Cool to look at.
     

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