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A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.
Winston Churchill

Mugho Pine

Mugos tend to grow toward the light. Crowded together like this they look like more normal conifers. This is a 2 gallon tree about 20" tall


Mugho Pine

Two years earlier it was in a styroblock. These guys show a lot of the variation that is typical of the species. Some will be compact, some lanky. Some short, some tall.


Mugho Pine

This is how them come to me: A bundle of 15


Mugho Pine

This shot is taken in the mountains of Slovokia -- native stand of mugo pine.

Mugho Pine

Typical growth pattern in the open.

Mugho Pine

Mugo makes a good tree for a small scale garden. You can prune side branches to make it any shape you wish. To keep a compact growth pattern trim the candles in spring to the length of new growth you want to keep.

Mugo Pine

Pinus mugo

Have you ever been to a store where they had plain brown bags, $1 each? They were stapled or taped shut, and had labels like "Secret Treasures" or "Mystery Bag".

Mugo pines are mystery bags. Mugo pines have what geneticists call a 'plastic genome' meaning that there is a large variation in the genes from one to another. From wild mugo seed you will get shrubs that are 3 feet tall. Or 15 feet tall. Narrow outlines, wide outlines.

If you need a better known shrub, one that will be more certain to meet your expectations, then buy a named cultivar. They are cloned from specimens with known characteristics.

I couldn't resist the mystery bags. So I've got some mugos grown from seed. Want to share a surprise?


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