Pine Tree

$25

2-3 ft.

Description

The top choice for privacy trees in urban areas because it has a high tolerance for pollution and smog, the Austrian Pine. or ‘European Black Pine’, is a lush, solid living wall. When Austrian Pines are planted as standalone trees or in rows, they reach heights of 40 to 60 feet, growing large enough to block your neighbor’s view of your home while adding beauty to the landscape.

Even better? They’ve been tested in the country’s windiest areas, only to thrive. Austrian Pines will act as a wind screen to protect your home and other more sensitive plants from being hit by powerful winds.

In fact, low-maintenance Austrian Pines grow where other trees can’t because they are drought tolerant and will adapt to a variety of poor soils, ranging from sandy soils to soils that are heavy in clay. With a high salt tolerance, they will flourish near the coast and in Northern areas, where salt sprays are commonly used in the winter.

A number of Austrian Pines were planted during the dust bowl because they are one of the only varieties that can handle the dry, windy conditions and nutrient-depleted soil.And by being cold hardy down to growing zone 4, Austrian Pines aren’t bothered by harsh winters. They don’t mind frigid temperatures that drop below freezing and stand up to heavy layers of ice and snow.

What’s not to love? Strong and totally sleek, the Austrian Pine is a must-have. Order yours today!

Planting & Care

The Austrian Pine Tree (or “Pinus Nigra”) is commonly referred to as the toughest of the European pines. The pine is very durable in even the most adverse of conditions with a dense, darker green crown to it. The pine will perform best in growing zones 4 through 8 and is considered one of the more fast growers of the pine family growing around 12 to 24 inches each year. It is drought tolerant, widely adaptable to many soil types, will reach a mature height of about 40 to 60 feet and a width of 25 to 30 feet wide. The Austrian pine is widely used as windbreaks and border rows.

Choosing a location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree drains well and will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. This particular pine can tolerate clay or sandy soils and overly alkaline pH levels but will do fine in ordinary soil as well. The best growth can be achieved when the soil is nicely fertile, well draining and evenly moistened.

Planting directions: Keep the pine’s maturity height and width in mind when it comes to selecting the location you’d like to plant. Avoid planting under power lines.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently remove the tree from its container by lightly tapping the edges to help free it up from the pot. Gently comb the root ball with your hands to help free up the roots.
3) Mix some compost in with your native soil. A wheelbarrow is handy for amending native soil with other amendments and will make for easy backfilling.
4) Keep the tree straight and tamp the soil down as you fill the hole to prevent any air pockets from forming and water the planting site when finished to settle the soil.
5) Spread a nice layer of mulch around to keep grass and weeds at bay. Make sure not to let it touch the trunk or it could promote fungus and rot.

Watering: Like most other pine trees the Austrian Pine will benefit from a weekly watering schedule until it has become more established. After settled, the natural rainfall should be enough for the tree but during extended hot periods and prolonged drought it may still need the occasional watering.

Pruning: During the dormancy period (late winter to early spring) is the best time to do any type of pruning to your Austrian Pine. Be sure to remove any damaged, diseased looking or dead branches away from the tree. A common mistake when it comes to pruning is feeling there is a need to remove lower hanging branches. The pine relies on these in times of wind or snowfall for overall strength. If you want to avoid pruning, just be sure to allot the tree the necessary space it needs as it matures.

Fertilizing: Austrian Pines do not typically require fertilizing although they may benefit from some evergreen fertilizer spikes in the first few years. This will also enhance the growth rate of the tree a bit more. (This is completely optional)

Austrian Pines are native to northern Italy, Austria and former Yugoslavia. They also have quite a good rapport when it comes to their history in the United States. Widespread planting of the pines was done during the great depression to cut back on the spreading of dust as they are great wind breakers and extremely drought tolerant. Over 200 million of the pines were planted as part of the “Great Dust Bowl Shelterbelt” project and the pine has thrived in the worst of soil conditions for over 200 years! For some of the most rugged and rough soils, the Austrian Pine will definitely not disappoint.

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