Pinus mugo ‘Laurin’

Dwarf Mountain Pine

A delightful dwarf pine with short dark green needles and a slow mounding habit to around 50 centimetres tall and twice as wide.

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Genus: pinus
Species / Cultivar: mugo 'Laurin'
Common Name: Dwarf Mountain Pine

Plant Biography

The native range of Pinus mugo is E. France to Carpathians, Central Italy, N. Balkan Peninsula. This particular cultivar originated in 1928 in Elmshorn, Germany where it was bred by the Sass Nursery.

This conifer species is used for mountainous habitat restoration in Europe to protect soil against erosion and to reduce avalanching. Some more flavoursome uses include a delicious pine needle tea traditionally made in Bulgaria, and a pine cone syrup made from sweet resinous exudates from the dried cones.

Pinus mugo ‘Laurin’
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

This thrives in full sun and well-drained soils that are not too alkaline, and makes a great specimen for rockeries or large containers. It withstands windy and inland coastal sites well, and makes a great balcony or roof garden plant if watered adequately.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

‘Laurin’ is a very slow growing, miniature form of Pinus mugo, usually growing no more than a total of 30cm over 10 years. This is a great choice for year-round structural interest in even a tiny garden.


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