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Name: Anand J
Aurora IL (Zone 5b)
anandj
May 30, 2017 2:56 PM CST
I love the Austrian Pine Oregeon Green trees and I decided to replace some 25 year old fragrant evergreen bushes since they grew huge and started hindering the driveway. Please see atttached.
I was unable to find a lot of information on the Austrian Pine Oregon Greens but I planted 2 small trees in place of what I removed. The instructions said that they would grow 10 -12 feet in as many years. I know Austrian Pine can live generally 100s of years and can get to 66 feet or higher and really wide.
I thought I could keep them pruned and confined over the years so it will be manageable,
Am I wrong in my decision, can you please advise on this ? I now fear I may have made a mistake but I really like the way it looks now.
Base on your feedback I can either leave it there or move it to my back yard and replace with some other bushes.0
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Response appreciated.
Thank You.
Anand J

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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 30, 2017 4:16 PM CST
I have an Austrian Pine in my yard I planted twenty years ago. It is now between twenty and thirty feet high and approx. twelve feet or so wide.
It was under six feet when I planted it.
They are not like a some evergreens that can be trimmed to remain a bush.
As they get older the lower branches thin out like a Scots Pine.

You can try but you will probably disappointed especially when they are mature enough to produce cones.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 30, 2017 4:29 PM CST
Welcome!

You can minimize growth but you won't stop it. Luckily, Oregon Green Austrian Pine is considered a small tree to begin with, achieving an eventual size of 18 - 20 feet tall. You will have to twist the center candle out of every branch every spring to slow down growth.

Personally, I would move them and choose something else. I don't think you will be happy in the long run. Choose a Mugho Pine or one of the dwarf Austrian Pines.

This nursery has a lot of choices for small growing pines:

http://www.hardingnursery.com/...

I have several dwarf pines in my yard including a dwarf Japanese Black Pine, dwarf White Pine and dwarf Lodgepole Pine. They are becoming more popular and more available.
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Name: Anand J
Aurora IL (Zone 5b)
anandj
May 31, 2017 5:23 AM CST
RpR said:I have an Austrian Pine in my yard I planted twenty years ago. It is now between twenty and thirty feet high and approx. twelve feet or so wide.
It was under six feet when I planted it.
They are not like a some evergreens that can be trimmed to remain a bush.
As they get older the lower branches thin out like a Scots Pine.

You can try but you will probably disappointed especially when they are mature enough to produce cones.


Thank you for your prompt response and Apt advice. I have a lot of room and I am going to move it.
Name: Anand J
Aurora IL (Zone 5b)
anandj
May 31, 2017 5:25 AM CST
Thank you for your prompt response and Apt advice. I am looking at pictures of the Mugho pine and some of the other options suggested. I am going to move these to the back of my yard. I have a lot of room for it.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 31, 2017 12:04 PM CST
anandj said:Thank you for your prompt response and Apt advice. I am looking at pictures of the Mugo pine and some of the other options suggested. I am going to move these to the back of my yard. I have a lot of room for it.

One thing about the Mugo Pine, a nursery here had one for decades. It was large when I got here and that was over thirty years ago.
I was easily twenty feet wide and seven to eight feet high.
When I went inside and asked them what it was and they said Mugo Pine, I was amazed.
Sadly it and the nursery are gone now.

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