AUSTRIAN PINE (Pinus nigra) is a common forest tree growing up to 50 metres high and occurring over much of central and southern Europe. The species is divided into several geographical variants which include Corsican Pine, Crimean Pine, Pyrenean Pine and Dalmatia Pine. The Corsican pine tends to form a less ragged tree than the others, and produces the best timber. All have very long shiny leaves 4–19cm long, scarcely twisted. The cones, however, are smaller (3–8 cm long) than in the other pine species.
Trees and shrubs of the Mediterranean by Helge Vedel, translated from the Danish by Aubrey Rush (Penguin Guides, 1978), p22