Austrian Pine feature very long, dark green needles and can reach a height of up to well over 60 feet, with a spread of up to 40 feet. It is one of the hardiest of evergreens, able to thrive in occasionally very dry conditions and slightly alkaline soils, uncommon for an evergreen. Austrian Pine are fast growing [we’ve seen 2ft per year] and amazingly adaptive, tolerant of wind, temperatures of 20 below zero, mild road salt, air pollution, drought and hot weather. Although officially rated to grow as far south as zone 7, they can often be successfully grown into zone 8 once properly established. They thrive in full sun, but also do well in partial shade, and grow in sandy, well-drained soils as well as heavy clay. However, when first planted this species needs water just as much as any other.
Young Austrian Pine will retain lower branches and foliage, but these will often die off as they reach mature height. They therefore should be mixed with other species if you are planting for privacy or windbreak.
Although the name obviously means they are not native to the United States, the many remarkable characteristics of Austrian Pine make them a popular evergreen tree with a wide range of uses: landscaping, along roads and in urban environments [salt spray and salt runoff], as Christmas trees, privacy screens and wildlife habitat.
SOLD OUT till Fall 2018, see Austrian Pine plug seedlings