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Honey Bun Mugo Pine

Pinus mugo 'Honey Bun'

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Honey Bun Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo 'Honey Bun') at Gertens

Honey Bun Mugo Pine foliage

Honey Bun Mugo Pine foliage

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Mugho Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine

Brand:  Gertens


A dwarf version of this species which grows very slowly into a small rounded bun shape; short, emerald green needles pack the dense branchlets of this choice garden evergreen; great for rock gardens, or any small space

Ornamental Features

Honey Bun Mugo Pine is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive forest green evergreen foliage. The small needles are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Honey Bun Mugo Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Honey Bun Mugo Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Honey Bun Mugo Pine will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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