Austrian Pine Pinus nigra
Family: Pinaceae (Pine)
Branching: Evergreen needles

This is a commonly planted pine in cities, though it is rarely found growing wild.  It most resembles Red Pine, especially in the appearance of its needles (however Austrian Pine needles do not break cleanly in half, whereas Red Pine needles do).  The bark is mottled, like Red Pine, though it tends to lack the reddish hue and often acquires the appearance of whitish vertical stripes.

Branch and needles of Austrian Pine

Another view of the branch.  That is another Austrian Pine in the background.

The needles are in bundles of two

The needles do not break cleanly in half as Red Pine needles do

The mottled bark often acquires of sort of light-coloured vertical stripes

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