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Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine

Pinus mugo 'Carsten's Wintergold'

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Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo 'Carsten's Wintergold') at Shonnard's Nursery

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine foliage

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo 'Carsten's Wintergold') at Shonnard's Nursery

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Mugho Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine

Brand:  Monrovia


Pruning is rarely needed on this very slow growing pine; a dwarf cultivar that produces densely arranged evergreen needles in summer that turn to a rich gold tone in late fall and winter, great for smaller gardens or foundation plantings

Ornamental Features

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine has green foliage. The needles turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded 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.

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Carsten's Wintergold Mugo Pine will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Rock  Garden 
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features