Pinus nigra 'Oregon Green' / Oregon Green Austrian pine

Pinus nigra 'Oregon Green' is a popular tree used as street trees and home landscaping. It is a robust, large selection of Austrian pine with asymmetrical branching holding glossy, dark-green needles that are held somewhat tightly against the branch. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 foot (30 cm) or more.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1990s at Van Meter and Son Nursery, Boring, Oregon, USA. The cultivars, Pinus nigra 'Oregon Jade' and 'Select Green' are considered by be synonyms of this plant.

Pinus nigra 'Oregon Green' — a young specimen in a private garden in Petaluma, California.
Photo by Janica LeCocq


Betty Schmitt

Please help ! I have two Pinus nigra Oregon Deep Greens. They are both three years old, have been growing beautifully, except for this week and a half, one of them looks as if it is dying. We have asked at the local nursery as to what to do... was told "not enough water", however, we put more water, it is getting worse. What can I do? It seems to be turning brow quickly, and we really want to save it! Live in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Thanks, Betty Schmitt

Maxwell Cohn

if you've added water and the color continues to fade, they're probably already gone. The time to add water was probably last year. It often takes a year or two for a conifer to turn completely crispy-brown.

In my opinion, this species is a poor choice for the desert. Next time you should try one of the pinyons; they're much better suited for your climate. Austria is nothing like Arizona, climate-wise.

Jeff Grey

How well will Pine do in the Sandhills Of North Carolina? There is a nursery up in the Piedmont area of North Carolina that sells them. We are zone 8.

Lucie Washburn

One of these trees we’re thinking of buying has a lot of brown (dead?) needles in the middle iof the tree on the trunk. Is this a concern? Is the tree healthy?

Maxwell Cohn

Hi Lucie ... all pines will shed a certain percentage of old needles from the plant's interior every year in the late summer / early fall. This is perfectly normal behavior for a healthy plant and is of no concern.


I see where pinus nigra and other exotic pines are no longer recommended to be planted due to diseases. Is this particular selection resistant to pine wilt disease?


How large will this tree eventually get in a Pacific NW garden - say at 20 years?

Maxwell Cohn

easily 30 feet tall and wide after 20 years, and it won't stop there. After 20 years, they're just hitting their stride.

Hannah Hubbard

Is this a good choice for Eastern Washington, specifically the shore of Lake Chelan with occasional high winds?


How do you prune a Pinus nigra so that it doesn't get too wide. I don't mind if it gets tall, I just don't want it to get too wide.

Maxwell Cohn

look for the fastigiate cultivar 'Frank'. It's a very narrow selection.

Robin Pabst

We need to block the view of our neighbors to the East. We want evergreens. Is there a chart for sizes?

Maxwell Cohn

Hi Robin ... there is no chart. All conifers grow at different rates for many decades if not centuries ... miniature, dwarf, intermediate and large all refer to growth rates. In tree years, everything will eventually get pretty big.