Pinus mugo var. pumilio (Haenke) Zenari

Little Mugo Pine, Dwarf Swiss Mountain Pine

Ice storm 2014

Ice storm 2014


Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Parent: Pinus mugo

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 2 to 9

Size: To 6' tall and 8' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Compact dense form. Short leaves, two per cluster. Prefers deep loamy soil.


Published in Boll. Soc. Bot. Ital. 65 in 1921.

ARS-GRIN shows it as accepted.

Basionym Pinus pumilio Haenke - published also in [pub;//Desc Desc. Pinus] ...very exuberant on the mountains of the more northern parts of Hungary. The roots generally run, it seems, in an oblique or subhorizontal direction; they are long, thick, and hard, clothed above ground with a brownish bark, shooting often to a considerable extent quite bare of earth.

PlantList lists it as a synonym of Pinus mugo Turra.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Lowes in March 2012 and planted it in a large pot with no bottom to give it good drainage in the Turret Front Garden.

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