Beautiful landscapes can be doomed by the wrong selection of trees and shrubs. The same characteristics that cause some species to thrive in nature can spell ruin in manicured lawns and gardens.
Many of these plants are chosen because of their rapid growth or showy foliage only to fill their hosts with regret. Some propagate by suckers, others by seed, but regardless of how they spread, they tend to disrupt landscapes with unwanted growth that’s often hard to prevent.
While its name may evoke visions of the von Trapps singing their way through the Alps, the Austrian pine is most widespread in the higher regions of the Adriatic coast and Turkey. As for Austria, it’s found in the westernmost Alps near the Swiss and Italian borders. A western subspecies also grows in the mountain regions of Spain and Morocco.
Also known as the black pine, it was widely imported to England and North America. An extremely rugged tree, Austrian pines were widely planted as windbreaks in the Dust Bowl areas of the 1930s where they continue to be popular as landscape trees as well. It has naturalized in southern parts of the US Midwest.
Colorado is known for its natural beauty, and it’s only normal for people along the Front Range urban corridor to want to surround themselves with it.
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