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Jakobsen Mugo Pine

Pinus mugo 'Jakobsen'

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Jakobsen Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo 'Jakobsen') at Bachman's Landscaping

Jakobsen Mugo Pine

Jakobsen Mugo Pine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Jakobsen Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo 'Jakobsen') at Bachman's Landscaping

Jakobsen Mugo Pine foliage

Jakobsen Mugo Pine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Mugho Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine


This ground hugging variety has a spreading habit that forms in clumps, revealing grey branches that give it an ancient look; needles are short and a rich deep green; a perfect accent for the low border

Ornamental Features

Jakobsen Mugo Pine has dark green foliage. The needles remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Jakobsen Mugo Pine is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. 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.

Jakobsen Mugo Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Jakobsen Mugo Pine will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features