Pinus mugo 'Mikulášovice' / Mikulášovice mugo pine

Pinus mugo 'Mikulášovice' is a dwarf, irregular globose selection of mugo pine with asymmetrical branching, dense twisted needles, and prominent gray foliar buds. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm) in all directions.

This cultivar has an unclear and confusing provenance. Although not documented anywhere, the common pattern is that it originated as a witch's broom found around 1990, by Miroslav Kostelniček, in Mikulášovice, a town in Czech Republic, west of the Bohemian low country, in the Děčín District near the German border.

These cultivar names are widely thought to be synonymous and offer clues to what the true cultivar name should be:

  • 'Contorta' — an illegitimate name if published after 1959.
  • 'Contorta Mikulášovice' — equally illegitimate because of mixing Latin and local languages.
Pinus mugo 'Mikulášovice' — a large, mature specimen at the Stanley & Sons display garden in Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus mugo 'Mikulášovice' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk