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Pinus mugo Winter Gold

Mountain pine

Dwarf and extremely slow growing

Lighting up a garden in the winter, this lovely, dwarf pine has golden needle-like leaves through the year, which make a great contrast to other evergreens and winter flowering heathers. The new growth in spring is bright, butter yellow.


The slow grower makes a dense hummock and is a great choice for a large container or a sunny spot in the garden. Try it on a rock garden or at the front of a well-drained border.


Happy in any well drained soil. Use 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 mountain regions of Central and Southern Europe. It was first introduced in Denmark in 1798.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 125 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From January to December