Austrian Black Pine Recovery and Refinement


A new addition to my collection is an Austrian Black pine, single flush pine, over 50 years old and full of surprises. I acquired the tree as payment for work done on the owners collection. The tree was too big for her to work on anymore and too precious to her to put in a general sale. I have worked on mugho pines before and this particular pine is described as very similar per my teachers, with some differences of course.

Austrian Black Pine: Dec 2018 as received from original owner.

The first surprise was the amount of exposed root. The trunk site above a large hollow at the base making this an exposed root tree. I will figure out what to do about that in the re-potting process. I discovered this as I was removing moss and debris from around the trunk.

The trunk and root mass was covered…

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