Pinus mugo 'Pal Maleter' / Pal Maleter mugo Pine

Pinus mugo 'Pal Maleter' is a bushy, globose selection of mugo pine with upright, open branching and foliage that flushes creamy white in spring. When planted in perfect light and climate the color flush lasts most of the year, while in most cases, the show in over within a few weeks with the onset of warmer temperatures. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

[ Robert L. Fincham, Coenosium Gardens catalog ] It grows like a typical v. pumilio with one big exception; the new growth is creamy-white variegated and is present well into the autumn. It grows about 3" per year. ]

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the mid-1960s by A.J. van der Poel, The Netherlands. It is named in honor of Pál Maléter, a hero of the 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fights.

Pinus mugo 'Pal Maleter' in a private garden in Olympia, Washington (USDA Zone 8a). An apparently well sited specimen; color stays strong most of the year.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus mugo 'Pal Maleter' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus mugo 'Pal Maleter' — photo from October 2006 in a private garden in Kansas. In this case, the variegation has faded to uniform green.
Photo by David Stegmaier