$15 clearence Austrian Pine

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Found this in my local nursery in clearance for $15 and figured it was worth a shot. I think I can use it as a landscape tree in the worst case scenario. Its budding out but definitely had a rough season or two with quite a bit of dieback. The top section looks to be gone, no active buds growing, but the second branch down is budding out.

Its got a good base and some good branches but is it worth trying to bonsai?

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Cofga

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I have one that I’ve been working on for 4 years now. They back bud like crazy on relatively new wood and occasionally further back. I had a few branches this spring with about 10 new buds so you get to make a lot of choices. The needles on mine have been reduced by about half over that time. They seem to take a while to develop a nice crackled bark but I think it was worth the effort. Basically treat it as a single flush pine and experiment with stying it, you don’t have a big investment in it to lose.
 
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Last one I saw around here was 160 for a tree that had 6 branches around a whorl and chopped above it. So ya, $15, put that in the clearance contest!
 

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I have zero experience with the species but for $15 I'd buy that and get some. Good find!
 

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