Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Araucaria cunninghamii

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - December

Common name hoop pine
Scientific name Araucaria cunninghamii Aiton ex A.Cunn.
Family  Araucariaceae

Genus: From the Araucani Indians of central Chile, their tribal name comes from the district of Arauco, in the northernmost part of southern Chile.

Species: After Alan Cunningham, a botanist and explorer of the early 19th century.


Occurs in New Guinea and along the coast and ranges from Cape York Peninsula in Queensland south to northern New South Wales.

Native habitat It is a remnant species from when Australia was a much wetter continent and is now found scattered through rainforest, rocky gorges and along stream banks.
Description A large erect tree. The rough bark has circular hoops formed by cracks, giving the tree its common name.

Location in Garden

The trees in Bed 1 and on the Gap are displaying their cones at the moment and are worth a visit.


Hoop pine is widely planted for forestry purposes (the timber is valuable for indoor work and joinery) and as specimen trees in parks and public gardens, but is generally considered too large for home gardens.


Araucaria cunninghamii

Araucaria cunninghamii

Araucaria cunninghamii