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Oregon Green Austrian Pine

Pinus nigra ‘Oregon Green’

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Oregon Green Austrian Pine, with long green pine needles

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For those outdoor spaces that need a touch of character, the Oregon Green Austrian pine (Pinus nigra ‘Oregon Green’) is ready to stand tall in your yard. With its slightly twisted needles and upright branches, this pine makes an attractive element for any landscape. Wherever you plant this pine, it is guaranteed to add some charm to that space. If you want an exceptional tree for your next landscaping project, make sure to select the Oregon Green Austrian pine.

Plant Attributes

This small pine tree grows to 20 feet tall at full maturity. It features a broad habit with open branches. While it does not provide much shade, it does give your space some interesting style. The pine needles are a shade lighter than most Austrian pines. These needles are 3 inches long, and they are slightly twisted to create a dense look. This pine bark ranges in color from light brown to gray. As the tree matures, the bark has a slightly weathered appearance.

In the spring, you will notice the new shoots emerging as waxy candles. The shoots grow vertically and feature a silvery-white coating. Along with that, the tree develops miniature cones in the spring. These rounded cones mature in the fall and will reach 4 inches long.

Landscape Use

There are plenty of places to add the Oregon Green Austrian pine. This tree is the ideal choice to use as a screen, shelterbelt, or windbreak. Since they can block the wind and tolerate road salt, you often find these trees used as roadway plantings. The needles can absorb loud sounds and will greatly benefit those areas that need a little privacy. For the perfect privacy screen, make sure to plant these pines in a zig-zagging row.

Along with its ability to block out unsightly views, the Oregon Green Austrian pine makes a great backdrop with other flowering shrubs and trees. Make sure to contrast the bold shape of this pine with delicate flowers and grasses. This pine’s color provides some boost to your space. If you want to support the local wildlife, this pine is a great addition to help the neighborhood birds. Throughout the year, the birds will love to nest in the branches.

If you have a gazebo or patio, plant a few pine trees to anchor the space. These pines are the perfect way to design your own backyard paradise. When paired with a large boulder, you can create an exceptional focal point in your yard. You might even want to install a water feature or wind sculpture to take your landscape to the next level. In those Japanese-style zen gardens, the Oregon Green Austrian pine makes an excellent single specimen.

Planting & Care

The Oregon Green Austrian pine loves to be planted in USDA zones 4 to 8. You can grow this pine in any type of soil, including sand or clay. However, you must plant these trees in well-draining soils. This species is a drought-tolerant pine tree, and it makes the ideal specimen for hot and sunny spots. The Oregon Green Austrian pine is resistant to salt spray. For these reasons, this pine excels in those urban landscapes. Since this tree is small, it thrives in tiny town gardens.

You can allow the pine to grow naturally, or you may want to make the tree more compact by shortening the shoots during the springtime. You can break off the candles in half when the tree is young. With this method, the tree is encouraged to develop more branching and provide shorter shoots. However, you should never cut the branches below the needles. If you do, the pine will not re-sprout.

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Oregon Green Austrian Pine


This attractive, slow-growing pine features stiff green needles. In the springtime, you will enjoy an explosion of pearly white candles that develop into clusters on the branches. These Oregon Green Austrian pines are perfect for a wooded expanse or stand-alone specimen.

If you are ready to use this gorgeous Austrian pine for your space, make sure to reach out to Arbor Valley Nursery. We have a large selection of plants, shrubs, grasses, and trees in our inventory. Our team will help you find the perfect landscaping element for your next project. Take a few minutes to fill out the contact form. We will be happy to help you bring this stunning Oregon Green Austrian pine to your home or business.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Tree
  • Watering Needs: Water regularly
  • Botanical Pronunciation: PY-nus NY-gruh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Evergreen
  • Growth rate: Moderately slow growing
  • Average landscape size: 18 to 20 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide
  • Special features: Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
  • Foliage color: Dark Green
  • Blooms: Conifer
  • Flower color: N/A
  • Flower attributes: N/A
  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Privacy Screen, Specimen, Windbreak, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
  • Companion Plants: Bearberry, Wild Ginger, Solomon’s Plume

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