Austrian black pine
The Austrian is a two-needled pine, with stiff, dark, 5-inch needles and 3-inch cones. Some can be seen right of the stairs on the east side off ΣAE house off Campus Drive East. Black pine takes its name from the dark-gray bark which distinguishes it from the reddish-barked Scotch pine, that other pine that is distributed across the whole of Europe (and Siberia). Races of black pine are also found in the Pyrenees, Corsica, Calabria, Slovenia, the Balkans, Turkey, and Cyprus.
If P. nigra is still found on campus, there are no large, straight-trunked forest forms, and they are indistinguishable in the field – except perhaps to an expert – by cone and leaf.
Name derivation: Pinus – Latin for pine; nigra – black (the bark).
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.