Index of Species Information

SPECIES:  Pinus nigra


SPECIES: Pinus nigra
AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Sullivan, Janet. 1993. Pinus nigra. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [].

ABBREVIATION : PINNIG SYNONYMS : NO-ENTRY SCS PLANT CODE : NO-ENTRY COMMON NAMES : European black pine Austrian pine Corsican pine Crimean pine Pyrenees pine TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name of European black pine is Pinus nigra Arnold [13,21]. The species is genetically diverse. Numerous subspecies, varieties, and forms have been named; there is much controversy as to the correct interpretation of these infrataxa [21]. In general, there are three main groups of European black pine races recognized: (1) the western group from around Austria, France, and Spain (Austrian and Pyrenees pines), (2) the central group (Corsican pine) from Corsica, Italy, and Sicily, and (3) the eastern group (Crimean pine) from the Balkans and the Crimea [11,23]. Some natural hybrids with other European pines have been reported. Artificial hybrids have also been created [23]. LIFE FORM : Tree FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Pinus nigra
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : European black pine is native to Europe and Asia. Its range there extends from Spain and Morocco east to eastern Turkey, south to Cypress, and north to northeastern Austria and the Crimea, Russia. In the United States European black pine widely planted in northern states in New England, around the Great Lakes, and in the Northwest. It has naturalized in New England and the Great Lakes States [21]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES10 White - red - jack pine FRES15 Oak - hickory FRES18 Maple - beech - birch STATES : NO-ENTRY BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : NO-ENTRY KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : NO-ENTRY SAF COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : In Europe trees usually associated with European black pine include Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris), Swiss mountain pine (P. mugo), Aleppo pine (P. halepinsis), Italian stone pine (P. pinea), and Heldreich pine (P. heldreichii). In the United States where it has become naturalized, European black pine may be developing natural associations [21].


SPECIES: Pinus nigra
WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE : The wood of European black pine is similar to that of Scotch pine and red pine (Pinus resinosa), which is moderately hard and straight-grained. European black pine wood, however, is rougher, softer, and not as strong [21]. In the Mediterranean region European black pine wood is used for general construction, fuel, and in other purposes [21]. In the United States European black pine is of little importance as a timber species. It is planted mainly for shelterbelts [21]. IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : In Wyoming mule deer that were forced onto a conifer tree nursery by bad weather browsed European black pine in preference to ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), blue spruce (Picea pungens), bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata), and Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum). Damage was concentrated on the lateral branch buds and needles [9]. PALATABILITY : White-tailed deer showed intermediate preference for European black pine as compared to other ornamental species (including yews [Taxus spp.], other conifers, and various hardwoods) [2]. NUTRITIONAL VALUE : NO-ENTRY COVER VALUE : NO-ENTRY VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : European black pine is recommended for planting on strip-mined lands in Pennsylvania [10]. It has probably not been widely used for surface-mine plantings. European black pine is similar to red pine in climatic adaptation and growth performance on acid minesoils. It is recommended for use in Ohio on fine-clay, poorly drained minesoils with a pH of 5 to 7, although suitable native pines are preferred [22]. In Idaho it was reported as having good potential for revegetating sites denuded by heavy metal pollution from smelter emissions [1]. OTHER USES AND VALUES : In the United States European black pine is mainly planted for shelterbelts, as a street tree, and as an ornamental [21,22]. It is recommended for windbreaks in the Northern Great Plains on medium to deep moist or upland soils [16]. Its value as a street tree is largely due to its resistance to salt spray (used in road de-icing) and various industrial pollutants, and its intermediate drought tolerance [21]. It is resistant to snow and ice damage. In Missouri European black pines were undamaged by a sleet storm that caused widespread and extensive damage to many other street trees [4]. One- to three-year-old European black pine seedlings were found to have no symptoms of ozone damage after exposure to 0.020 ppm of ozone for 5-hour periods (treatment repeated over one growing season) [5]. OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : Most of the European black pine planted in the United States is from Austrian sources [21]. European black pine seedlings up to about 2 months of age are subject to predation by voles and rabbits; older seedlings apparently become unpalatable [21]. Insects and diseases: European black pine seedlings are damaged by damping off fungi and seedling root rots. Mature trees are easily infected by Dithostroma needle blight, the most damaging foliage disease of European black pine. Other diseases include Lophodermium needle cast, which is damaging to European black pine in the Great Lakes States [21]. European black pine is also moderately to highly susceptible to infection by brown spot needle disease [18]. The dagger nematode damages seedlings. Insect damage to European black pine is generally of less importance than damage by fungal pathogens [21].


SPECIES: Pinus nigra
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : European black pine is an introduced, medium-sized, two-needle pine [7]. Mature height (approximately 80 years of age [21]) ranges from 66 to 165 feet (20-50 m) [11]. Some characters vary depending on the subspecific taxon; the type variety has dark brown to black bark that is widely split by flaking fissures into scaly plates [14]. The bark becomes increasingly creviced with age [17]. European black pine is fast growing and usually has a pyramidal form. It has deep lateral roots. European black pine is long lived; harvest rotation times of up to 360 years have been used in Europe [21]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Phanerophyte REGENERATION PROCESSES : European black pine attains sexual maturity at ages ranging from 15 to 40 years. Trees from Corsican sources in England produce their first heavy seed crops at 25 to 30 years of age, with maximum production at 60 to 90 years of age. Large seed crops are produced at 2- to 5-year intervals [21]. The winged seeds are wind dispersed [11]. Fresh seed does not require stratification for good germination, but stored seeds can be cold stratified for up to 60 days to hasten germination [11]. European black pine can be propagated by grafting [21]. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : European black pine is mainly suited to northern temperate climate zones in the United States; it does not grow well in the southern states [21]. Different provenances (seed sources by geographic area) or varieties are adapted to different soil types: Austrian and Pyrenees pines grow well on a wide range of soil types, Corsican pine grows poorly on limestone-derived soils, and Crimean pine grows well on poorer, limestone-derived soils. Most provenances will also show good growth on podzolic soils. Whatever the soil type, however, the soils need to be deep for good growth [11,21]. European black pine grows well on high pH soils in New England. Some provenances exhibit better winter hardiness than others [21]. In Europe, European black pine is found at elevations ranging from 820 to 5,910 feet (250-1,800 m) [21]. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : Facultative Seral Species European black pine is intolerant of shade and needs to be planted in full sun [21,22]. In England direct sowing of European black pine seeds is successful on north-facing slopes on young sand dunes [21]. European black pine (Corsican pine) plantations in England develop a more closed canopy than similar-aged plantations of Scotch pine [17]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : In Ontario European black pine pollen is released from May to June. Individual ovulate cones are only receptive to pollen for approximately 3 days, but collectively are receptive from May to June. Fertilization takes place 13 months after pollination. Cones mature from September to November and seeds are dispersed from October to November [21].


SPECIES: Pinus nigra
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : In Europe, European black pine is associated with Scotch pine, a species which is maintained by periodic fire. No information on the fire adapations of European black pine is available in the English language literature. POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Tree without adventitious-bud root crown


SPECIES: Pinus nigra


SPECIES: Pinus nigra
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