Norfolk Island Pine
Does anyone have this unique and architectural "pine" growing in their yard?
I'm from the northeast, but my folks live in the coastal bend, and I'm visiting. They wanted this plant to replace a older mesquite tree (>30 years) that fell over during the last wind storm. That tree was in the front yard and along a somewhat busy neighborhood road. Interestingly, and unrelated totally, all of the palm trees along the other side of the road have fallen over during the last 2 decades. The shallow curve is hard to see when coming at night, and the trees don't jump out of the way.
I have researched the plant, but some first hand knowledge from other gardners is always the best advice.
Some other facts about the location.
USDA zone 9/10 (Flour Bluff, Texas).
The soil is typically grey clay, and the site is in full-sun. No other pests that I know of in the area (besides the drunk driver...). Also the planting site is about 40 feet from the front of the house.