Pinus Nigra Globosa Viridis is an excellent dwarf conifer for gardens large and small whether in the city or the country. This slow-growing and attractive conifer will provide year-round interest! Discovered by Beissner of Germany in the 1890’s Pinus Nigra Globosa Viridis has long been mistaken for Pinus Sylvestris Globosa Viridis (or Scots Pine Globosa Viridis) but it belongs to the Austrian Pine family, not Scots Pine and is now restored to Pinus Nigra.
The long, stiff, twisted dark green needles densely cover the short ranches, growing in bundles of two. In late summer, new growth at the shoot ends is light green, providing an attractive contrast to the mature foliage. Fully hardy throughout the UK and even the most severe of continental climates, Pinus Nigra Globosa Viridis will grow at a rate of 7- 15 cm, reaching a mature height of 1.3 metres and spread of 1 metres in 10 years. No pruning is required or recommended, except to remove dead or damaged branches.
Plant Pinus Nigra Globosa Viridis in full sun or part shade in an exposed or sheltered position with a south, east, or west-facing aspect. Like all Austrian Pines, it does well in well-drained soil, and does not like wet feet, but will grow in all soil types and pH, making it a versatile landscape plant. Tolerant of salt spray, it will thrive in coastal locations. It is also a good choice for city gardens, as it is highly tolerant of pollution. Deer resistant, it can safely be planted on country properties as well.
Pinus Nigra Globosa Viridis is perfect for the smallest of gardens. Its dwarf size and slow growth suits it to container growing, and its extreme hardiness makes it ideal for roof terraces or balconies, where it will provide year-round interest with little maintenance required! At ground level, a potted Pinus Nigra Globosa Viridis will be perfect on a patio or in a courtyard. It is a good choice as a foundation planting or in a mixed border, where it will stay within bounds without pruning. In a rock garden, it will provide texture and reliable winter colour.