Wollemi Pine, Wollemia

Wollemia nobilis

Family: Araucariaceae
Genus: Wollemia (wol-EM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: nobilis (NO-bil-iss) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bonsall, California

Eureka, California

Reseda, California

Ventura, California

Merritt Island, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Marion, Mississippi

Cleveland, Ohio

Hillsboro, Oregon

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 4, 2015, ezeemonee from Ventura, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

We have 3 of these growing in large pots in the backyard and they are between 4 and 5 feet tall. I haven't decided to plant them in the ground yet. I bought them from an Australian man who was shutting down his nursery in San Diego County so he could retire back in Australia. He explained to me that one of the key things with successful growing of Wollemia nobilis is well drained soil and a bit on the acidic side. I followed his advice and planted them in 2 parts cactus mix and 1 part potting soil. They have been doing great so far and I am trying to figure out if I can fit all 3 in our yard or not as it says they can get up to 130 feet tall! That would probably take longer than I'll be around. lol


On Feb 24, 2015, jfstriegel from Tofino, BC,
Canada wrote:

TOFINO, BC, Canada - coastal temperate rainforest with 130" of rain/year and gentle winter frost, but no hard freezing. Obtained the plant as soon as they became available in North America, in 2007. Planted it outdoors the next spring, in 2008. In 2014, it grew through 8' tall and is thriving. Bought a second plant a year later and planted it out; location proved unsuitable and it died.
I'm proud to have a Wollemi Pine in my yard!


On Apr 30, 2012, c_etude from Winter Haven, FL wrote:

Mine did very well for several years - then it got some kind of fungal disease and died. No matter what I did it died.


On Jan 13, 2012, NorthSC from North, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wollemia nobilis sales are just short of a scam if not a scam. I bought two of those, one at a time, both died no matter how well I took care of them. One died in a pot, another died while growing in the ground. Both were much shorter than advertised and National Geographic tried to charge me twice for the same year's membership. They are expensive commercialised (trademarked!) fossils and they will all die and your money will be wasted on this scam. Buy plants that are going to live and don't attempt to revive the dinosaurs.


On Mar 18, 2010, victorengel from Austin, TX wrote:

I ordered this plant last year. This past winter was a very cold one, with over 30 days below freezing. The low temperature at my location was 15 degrees. I had the Wollemi pine covered with a single layer of row cover but did not heat the space. The plant remains undamaged except for the very newest shoots, that included about 2 inches of growth on each of two shoots.

For comparison, the sago palms lost all their leaves but apparently are retaining their crowns. The Wollemi pine thus can tolerate cold better than a sago palm.


On Jun 13, 2008, OldNed from Merritt Island, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Got my Wollemi Pine via UPS December, 2006 from National Geographic

The certificate enclosed said I got North America's #15. Don't know if that means I got the fifteenth pine or what. I've been a newsletter subscriber since the 1st issue years ago and I think we got an early ordering opportunity.

The story of its discovery ten years ago, its culturing and eventual world-wide distribution is fascinating.

It stood about 12-15 inches tall 1˝ years ago and is now nearly 3 feet tall. I planted it in the ground two weeks ago...seems to be doing well. It came very well packed...National G. got some sort of award for innovative/ecofriendly packaging.


On Oct 13, 2007, adriancapuzzi from Melbourne,
Australia wrote:

I have been following the story of the wollemi pine since its discovery so I had to own one, despite the fact the wollemi pine is enduring a bit of a fad in Australia at the moment.
I have decided to keep mine in a pot so it can come with me if we ever move. I've had it now for just over a year and it's thriving. It grew from about 30 to 50cm in this time and sprouted abundant, healthy foliage.
The plant is kept in my garden in full sun. I water it about twice a week in summer and once in winter. It seems to respond well to Australian native fertiliser once yearly, some charlie carp every couple of months and some blood and bone now and then.
Last winter a lot of the leaves went brown. Although leaves on this plant can 'surburn' when young I was advised at a nursery t... read more


On Sep 19, 2007, leeboi76 from Sydney,
Australia wrote:

I bought my Wollemi a few weeks ago at a garden show here in Sydney. For $45 I received a 2 ft tall tree in lovely condition. I repotted it in a good humous soil and decided to keep it in a pot to re use as our Christmas tree in the future. Also I think a little shade will do it good during the 110 degree days of summer.


On Jun 20, 2007, jhmeye from Marion, MS wrote:

I have had the pine planted in a container on my patio since December. It has just recently started putting out new growth, but appears to be very happy now in the Mississippi sun.

National Geographic is very proud of their trees (was over $100), but it arrived in good shape and well packaged.


On Apr 7, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

For anyone living in the San Francisco Bay Area wishing to see Wollemi Pines, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley planted both of their trees late in 2007 (in the Australasian section of the garden). Both looked to be approximately 18 inches tall as of December.

Well, I think that it will be interesting to see how the cultivation and sale of Wollemia nobilis plays out...

Will it become the next "Cycas revoluta" at every big box store, or will those of us in the USA continue to have no choice but ordering them from National Geographic ? Personally, I would like to see the Wollemi Pine on par with Ginkgo biloba in terms of availability and price.

According to the Wollemi Pine North America Website "The Wollemi™ pine tree was scheduled for nationa... read more


On Jan 23, 2007, Aussieboy from Bonsall, CA wrote:

I probably have the one of the largest private collections of Wollemia nobilis with over 250 trees both in the USA and Australia.

I was able to obtain export permits from the Australian Government back in August and exported them to several countries.

There are no "exclusive" rights to this plant nor is it "patented" nor is there any restriction on propagation.

The plants being sold by a national magazine are generally of very poor quality and much smaller in size than the advertised size resulting in numerous complaints to NG, WNA and the Federal Trade Commission regarding false and misleading advertising and mail fraud.

The trees I imported to the USA were 20-24" tall and have grown to about 30-36" since August. They were all ... read more


On Dec 22, 2006, timfoss445 from Linden, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I was on the 4 month waiting list as well...After I received the first one, I went back to the site and ordered another which only took three days to get after ordering???They must have opened up the flood gates on these little guys...I know for a fact that National G has the exclusive contract only until the end of 2006. Hmmm do you think that has something to do with it?hehe
Has anyone tried to propagate? My leaders are both untouched and i dont plan on hacking those.


On Dec 21, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Got mine yesterday, too, from the same source, though ordered it about 4 months ago. Still, it looks healthy, and, like the one above, top has been cut off, too. Only 6" tall right now. Was expensive, but if survives, maybe worth it? Fingers crossed!!

Well, I lucked out and 5 years later mine is doing great, about as tall as I am. Not a super fast or slow grower. Nice little tree so far. Seems to be a good choice for California climate. But it is turning out to be a real challenge in more humid climates (like the eastern US) where it almost invariably dies of root rot. Guess this is one of the Mediterranean growers, not tropical species. Multiple specimens at Huntington gardens doing well at end of 2010 and about 8' tall. Even handled being moved well (were dug up ... read more


On Dec 20, 2006, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

These have been available in the U. S. A. for some months via the National Geographic Society, at a big markup. It's nearly $100 for the tree, and they charge hefty shipping and in many states a sales tax. I gave in and ordered one for spring delivery, and soon got an e-mail saying that they would ship soon. Yesterday mine arrived via UPS from another town in Florida (Parrish, south of Tampa, rather more to the south of me, from a nursery contracted to raise and ship them). Well-packaged but obviously used as a source for more material -- the leader has been chopped off to be rooted as another tree, and a strong new leader, a tad off-center, has replaced it; not exactly what I'd hope for in an expensive plant, but I don't plan to send it back if it lives and grows.

It l... read more


On Feb 4, 2006, Mike_Lucas from Melbourne,
Australia wrote:

I received one of these magnificent specimens in March 2006.

It is unfortunate that some misguided individuals, (maybe they should be called eco-vandals), have tried to find the grove of trees in New South Wales, Australia, and have succeded in importing the fungul disease "phytophthora cinnamomi" (which causes dieback) into the area and threatened the whole plantation. Just as well some experts managed to propagate from those that were found.


On Jul 22, 2003, stevenova from Newcastle,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

This remarkable coniferous tree was only discovery as recently as 1994 in a series of narrow, steep sided "rainforest" canyons 150 kilometers north west of the city of Sydney.

The discovery by David Noble, a park ranger of the Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains range only occurred because of his adventurous bush-walking/rock climbing abilities in the virtually inaccessible and remote canyon system. Luckily, he had a good knowlege of the plant types and quickly recognised this as something different and worth further investigation.

Returning with a small piece of the tree that he expected someone would be able to identify, it soon proved itself as a new un-classified plant specimen that further study would be needed to establish, especially it's relat... read more