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PlantFiles: Mugo Pine, Mugho Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine, Mountain Pine
Pinus mugo var. pumilio

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Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pinus (PY-nus) (Info)
Species: mugo var. pumilio

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees
Conifers

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Aromatic

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative NorthSC On Oct 16, 2011, NorthSC from North, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Mugo pine does not survive in Zone 8 or higher. Stores (LOWE'S, HOME DEPOT) in Z8 sell it, but that's more of a scam to have you come and buy more and more and kill more and more trees in a wrong zone. I tried to growing several specimens in Z8 and they just won't make it through the hot and long summer. Same applies to most cypresses. Please do not mislead people by making expectations that Mugo one will survive beyond Zone 7. It won't. Take your dead pine or cypress back to the chain store to send a message across so they stop scamming people.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 15, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From Musser Forests catalog: Mugho Pine is also known as Swiss Mountain Pine. Height to 2 feet. Spread to 5 feet. A dwarf prostrate, low growing, spreading pine. Dark green, stiff needles, in pairs, 2 to 3 inches long. Ordinary soil. Can tolerate poor, rocky, dry, windy conditions. This plant is widely used in foundation plantings. Excellent for rock gardens and Japanese gardens. AN EXCELLENT BONSAI SUBJECT. Zone: 3-7. Height: 2 Feet. Spread: 5 Feet

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Littleton, Colorado
Dracut, Massachusetts
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Olympia, Washington



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