Pinus mugo 'Fishhook' / Fishhook mugo pine

Pinus mugo ‘Mr Wood’ is a curious, irregularly globose selection of mugo pine with stubby symmetrical branching and short, delicate, Blue green needles that often grow with a hooked tip. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1990s by Edsal Wood of Bonsai Village Nursery, Aurora Oregon. He gifted the original plant to Larry Stanley, proprietor of Stanley & Sons Nursery, Boring Oregon, who also named it and introduced it to the trade. Interestingly, Edsal Wood also selected a second, virtually identical seedling that he gifted to Talon Buchholz of Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery, Gaston Oregon. Talon named his plant ‘Mr Wood.’ Although many conifer enthusiasts insist that the plants are one in the same, both Talon and Larry insist that they received plants from Edsal, not cuttings; and that neither nurseryman was aware of the other plants’ existence until many years after Edsal Woods’ passing.

This conifer will always be nearly impossible to find in the nursery trade. It is very difficult to propagate and young plants are always extremely weak and need special care if planted in the garden. If one is lucky enough to acquire a plant, we recommend growing it in a pot for many years to allow for it to gain strength.

Pinus mugo 'Fishhook' in a small, private nursery display garden in Canby, Oregon.
Photo by Nathan Miller, Fresh Start Nursery, Inc.