Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Mugo Pine

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Medium Evergreen
  • Scientific Name: Pinus mugo var. mugo Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Pine
  • Parent: Pinus mugo
  • Related Cultivars:

    Pinus mugo var. pumilio

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 5-6'
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates dry conditions. Suitable for planters. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    A more compact growing variety of the species.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    It is important that this type of pruning be done annually to ensure a dense mounded plant.

    Pines may only be trimmed when in what is referred to as the "Candle" stage. The candle stage is usually in mid-May, when the new growth is extended but the needles have not yet elongated. By hand, break off 1/2 to 2/3's of each candle. Do not remove the candles with a pruning too which will cut and subsequently brown the tips of the needles.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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