TREES & Plants

Austrian pine

 Austrian pine has been used widely for a number of years.  Due to disease and insect problems it is generally not recommended at this time.

Botanical name: 
Pinus nigra
All Common Names: 
Austrian pine
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
  • Evergreen (foliage year-round)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Dry sites
  • Occasional drought
  • Alkaline soil
  • Clay soil
Soil Preference: 
  • Dry soil
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Inconspicuous
  • Yellow
Size Range: 
  • Large tree (more than 40 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Pyramidal
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Shade
  • Screen
Time of Year: 
  • Late spring
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

Planting is not recommended due to the tree’s susceptibility to various disease and insect problems.

Disease, pests, and problems

The Austrian pine is susceptible to a number of  fungal diseases including, lophodermium needle cast, sphaeropsis tip blight, and wood rots and decays.  Insects such as the European pine sawfly, various weevils, and the Zimmerman pine moth can damage Austiran pine.  The tree can also be damaged by the yellow-bellied sapsucker.  

Disease, pest, and problem resistance


Native geographic location and habitat



Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife


Bark color and texture 

The tree has plate-like, furrowed bark that is dark brown to black in color. 

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture


  • Arrangement: arranged in clusters of two
  • Size: 3-6” long
  • Shape:
  • Texture: stiff with toothed margins and a sharp, horny point

Flower arrangement, shape, and size


Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

  • Type: cone
  • Shape: oval, stalkless
  • Size: 3” long and 1 ¼” wide
  • Color: Brown

Cultivars and their differences