The Austrian pine — despite its name — is most widely found in Turkey and even small pockets of the Atlas Mountains in Africa. It was first introduced to the United States in 1759, and is widely planted because it makes a beautiful ornamental tree. It can tolerate many inhospitable situations, making it ideal for planting in urban environments, as a windbreak on open plains, and along coastlines to help secure sand dunes. The Austrian pine is no longer planted in Central Park because it is highly susceptible to a disease called Diplodia tip blight. In its place the Central Park Conservancy plants a variety of species including Himalayan, white, and Korean pines.