Pinus nigra ‘Green Tower’ is an impressive sturdy fastigiate selection of Austrian Pine. Typical of the species, the needles are rich, dark green, arranged in bundles of two. Annual expected growth is 4-6 inches. After 10 years, the gardener should expect a dark green pillar, 8 feet tall by 18 inches wide.
Martin Zimmer of Germany found the original ‘Green Tower’ as a seedling in the late 1990s. Later Horst zu Jeddeloh brought cuttings to America and propagated them from his nursery in Molalla, Oregon. It is now a rare plant in the trade.
‘Green Tower’ makes a powerful statement in the garden, as it forms a natural exclamation point to draw in the viewer. Beyond that, it’s narrowness means that it can take up a relatively small space, horizontally. This cultivar’s branch structure also appears to be sturdier than other fastigiate pine selections and as such, will likely hold up better to snow and ice.