Pinus nigra 'Black Prince' / Black Prince Austrian black pine
Pinus nigra 'Black Prince' is a dwarf selection of Austrian black pine with a flattened-globose structure when young, later broadening and becoming somewhat pyramidal with age. Needles are dark-green and shorter and thinner than what is considered typical for this species. Its white foliar buds are particularly attractive in winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 1.5 feet (45 cm) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the mid-1990s by Don W. Hatch through Chantry Nursery, Honiton, Devon, United Kingdom.
Pinus nigra 'Black Prince' — a large and healthy older specimen seen growing in the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR. Photo from September 2013.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus nigra 'Green Prince' — a closeup of needles and foliar bud detail.
Photo by Sam Pratt, courtesy of Conifer Kingdom, inc.
Pinus nigra 'Green Prince' in a private collection in Czech Republic.
Photo by Jiří Balatka