Overview:Categories: Evergreen, Proven Performer, Windbreak
Up to 40 ft tall evergreen tree, with a somewhat open crown. Austrian pine grows naturally on alkali soil and is a good windbreak species, but can be subject to wind action. Excellent drought hardiness and can be planted up to 7,500 ft elevation.
Although it closely resembles Ponderosa pine in form, Austrian pine has bright silver buds and dark, green needles. Unlike Ponderosa, Austrian pine is not prone to losing its lower branches with shading and age.
Plant Austrian pine as a middle element of a multi-row windbreak or as a single row where a medium tall tree is needed.
Features:Scientfic Name: Pinus nigra
Growth Habit: Open
Growth Rate: Slow
Max. Height (ft): 40
Max Width/Spread (ft): 30
Life Span: Long
Cold Hardiness: Fair
Drought Resistance: Excellent
Elevation Range: 7000
Soil Conditions: alkali
Wildlife Value: High
Wildlife Notes: Song and ground birds, food value from seeds
Seasonal Color: evergreen
Possible Insect Issues: pine tip moth
Possible Disease Issues: Fairly Resistant
Miscellany: Forms a good screen
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