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"Dwarf mugo pine"
The Mugo pine, Pinus mugo pumilio or Dwarf mugo pine is an excellent bonsai subject. This tree occurs throughout the Midwest, West and ranging to Canada and Alaska. In nature it is a medium-sized tree that can reach a height of 1-2m tall and spread over 2-3m. It is a favorite of bonsai hobbyists because of its rapidly thickening and naturally twisted trunk and branches. The bark is thin, ash-grey-brown to blackish-grey, splitting in angular scaly plates on old stems.
The branching is very compact, making it easy to maintain. Pinus mugo pumilio is small and has branches that are more erect than Pinus mugo mughus. This Mugo pine is very hardy and can endure extremely cold conditions. Full sun to partial shade. The tree can tolerate poor, rocky, dry, windy conditions. Mugho pine trees do not need special soil. In nature, it often grows in slightly rocky areas with shallow topsoil. It does require good drainage. These trees are easily transplanted.
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