Austrian Pine

Austrian Pine

Pinus nigra

Features & Specs

Max Elevation: 7,500 ft.
Hardiness: Zone 3B-7
Mature Height x Spread: 40′ x 30′
Shape: Broad, pyramidal. Limbs to the ground.
Growth Rate: 1′ or more per year
Foliage: Long, stiff, dark green needles in bunches of 2 (Ponderosa have bunches of 3).
Bloom: Non-flowering. Buds are a light silver color (Ponderosa is brown).


Wind or sight screening in urban areas. Winter foliage.

Tolerates: Deer, Rabbits, Drought
Municipality Use:

Planting & Maintenance

Sun: Full sun, tolerates light shade
Soil: Does not like low-lying wet areas.
Water: All new plant material needs regular watering – see our Plant Care Guide. Once established will tolerate long periods of drought and require little supplemental watering
Special Considerations: Allow a minimum of 8′ around base for lower branches to grow. Don’t over water, don’t allow to become bone-dry while roots are establishing (1-3 years after planting).
Maintenance: Pruning is not generally recommended. People will often prune lower branches to create clearance – do this only once tree is established or if they become a problem.

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Above information is brought to you by Silver Sage staff from personal experience and knowledge. This information is tailored specifically for growing conditions on the Front Range. Particular recommendations may vary depending on location and other planting situations.

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