The Conifer, Austrian Pine has become a favorite ornamental pine. It is extremely tolerant of adverse soil conditions and air pollution. This stately tree can be seen in parks, along streets, in residential landscapes, and as farm windbreaks throughout much of the United States. Landscapers use the dark beauty of these trees for backdrops, but it is also an excellent specimen tree because of its needle pattern.
Young trees are pyramidal in shape, but become oval with age and on some sites flat-topped. Noted for its dark, rich green foliage, Austrian Pine provides a pleasant contrast with other plants. Austrian Pine needles are stiff, usually straight, 2Ã¢â‚¬Â – 4Ã¢â‚¬Â long and are in groups of 2. Fruit is a 2 1/2Ã¢â‚¬Â – 3Ã¢â‚¬Â long cone. The cone scales do not have prickles. The attractive bark has dark furrows with gray or gray-brown mottled ridges. Winter buds have a distinct silver color. This is a very hardy evergreen that is able to survive through heat droughts plus withstands harsh city and seaside conditions. Mature trees have a stately appearance with its silver-gray bark and flat-topped look.