Thick Screen or Windbreak The Austrian Pine, Pinus nigra, is a densely branched tree producing long dark needles. This evergreen conifer tree thrives in urban locations as well as in windbreaks in more rural settings. It does well in a variety of soils and is very hardy. The spreading branches of a young tree form a pyramidal outline, but at maturity, it sometimes achieves a picturesque flat topped head. This fast growing pine tree makes an attractive Christmas tree when sheared. It will tolerate limestone or acidic soils, dry rocky locations and windy conditions. Austrian pines are good for thick screens or windbreaks. For screen, space 6 feet apart. When placed in a good site it should reach 5 ft. in height in 6-7 years starting with a 2 year old seedling. Great tree for screening because it is dense! * Salt tolerant* Tolerant of urban conditions* 4 to 6 inch long needles.
Historic Tree with Exceptional Attributes Longleaf Pine, Pinus palustris, is an evergreen conifer. Plant one in your back or side yard for an exceptional landscape tree, and enjoy watching this heritage-rich tree thrive. Your Longleaf Pine is truly an amazing pine variety. Seedlings appear as if only tufts of grass for quite some time while the tree develops an extensive root system. When the time is right, Longleaf makes its move—shooting up as much as five feet in the first year of its upward growth. Its cones and needles are larger than other pines, with needles 12-18 inches long (thus its name “Longleaf”), and cones 7-10 inches. Needles appear in bundles of three in adorable tufts at the tips of the branches. The straight trunk is covered in a scaly bark that is brown with warm, orange overtones. New growth buds appear in silver/white-hued tones and are particularly attractive in the winter landscape—another decorative asset. Under optimal conditions, Longleaf Pine can grow up to 100 feet tall with a 3-foot diameter trunk. It’s a low-maintenance tree overall and even self-pruning, with branches growing straight and true. Longleaf Pine has a slow growth rate overall, but can live more than 300 years! Immune to decay and termites, it was extensively used in construction, its pitch used for tar and the gum extracted for turpentine. Longleaf Pine is a friend to nature as well–most notably, the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker uses this tree for nesting cavities. Long beloved for its stately beauty and variety of uses, Longleaf Pines once dominated southern regions. The majesty of these trees was unparalleled. However, overexploitation has diminished the number of the Longleaf but spurred restoration initiatives to encourage an increase in their numbers. By planting a Longleaf Pine this year, you will be a part of the solution! * Tall and stately * Adaptive to a variety of habitats * Wildlife interest * Long-lived * Variety of uses * Self-pruning * Fire resistant.
Give Your Landscape Some Classic Italian Style You’ve seen these trees in paintings and in photographs. They show up in travel brochures and architectural renderings. Now you can add them to your own dream landscape! The Italian Cypress, Cupressus sempervirens, is the classic renaissance garden tree. Like an exclamation point in your landscape, these add a strong, straight vertical element to your zone 7 – 10 garden. The Italian Cypress tree naturally grows straight as arrows and need no pruning to maintain their shape. In climates that they love they will stay green all year and are relatively pest free. They handle drought well and don’t need much supplemental watering once established. Italian Cypress trees love full sun and look magnificent in rows or on hillsides, which highlights their architectural qualities. Plant them where you want to highlight a building feature – by front doors, lined along a walk, in large containers on your patio corners. They bring instant height and drama. Italian Cypress trees won’t grow out of bounds or cast unwanted shade. This is truly an easy plant to grow. They look impressive and will make you seem like a master gardener! Our Nature Hills Nursery trees are shipped healthy and hearty to your door. Order your Italian Cypress tree today! * Handsome evergreen foliage * Striking shape * Hardy and Easy.