Pinus mugo 'Minima Kalouš'

Pinus mugo 'Minima Kalouš' is a miniature, globose, compact selection of Mountain pine with short green needles and prominent white buds. Annual rate of growth in barely 1 inch (2.5 cm) per year, resulting in a rough-textured sculpted globe, 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide after 10 years in the garden.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom, found in Czech Republic by Karel Kalouš in 1978. Even though 100s of Czech Mugo pine witch's brooms have been found and named over the years, this one is distinctive enough to be worthy of seeking out and adding to one's conifer collection. Occasionally, this plant is seen listed with the names 'Nana Kalouš' and 'Pygmy Kalouš' which are misnamings.

Pinus mugo 'Minima Kalouš' at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk

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