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Pinus mugo Mops


Mountain pine

Deep green foliage

A beautiful site in spring when this charming dwarf pine is covered in long, silvery buds from which soft new needle-like leaves appear. It makes a neat hummock and is very slow growing.


In a container on a sunny patio or at the front of a border in a sunny spot and well drained soil. Salt tolerant needles make this a great choice for a seaside garden as well.


Happy in any well-drained soil. Use a good quality compost for container growing and raise the pot on pot feet through the winter months to help with drainage. Water occasionally in dry spells to keep this plant looking its best.

A native to the Alps, Pyrenees and higher Balkan Peninsula mountains.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 10 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From January to December