Pinus mugo 'Paul's Dwarf' / Paul's Dwarf mugo pine

Pinus mugo 'Paul's Dwarf' is a dwarf, mounding selection of mugo pine that produces multiple leaders, irregular branching and exceptionally short grayish green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 18 inches (45 cm) tall and and 22 inches (55 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm).

[Iseli Nursery's online catalog] Collectors, bonsai and rock garden enthusiasts value the extremely short needles and a relatively open habit of this choice, miniature TRUdwarf« mugo. Needles on the low, mounding plant are separated slightly more than those on some of the denser plants, which gives the tiny plant a more natural look. It maintains an attractive medium green throughout the seasons and combines perfectly with the scale of the choicest alpine plants.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1986 at Iseli Nursery, Boring, Oregon, USA and named in honor of Paul Halladin, Iseli's long-time propagation manager. It is also one of eight selections made in 2020 for the popular ACS Collectors' Conifer of the Year program.

Pinus mugo 'Paul's Dwarf' in a private garden in Kansas. Photo from October of 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Pinus mugo 'Paul's Dwarf' — a closeup of foliage detail in winter.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus mugo 'Paul's Dwarf' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the 'Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers'. Photo from late October of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Pinus mugo 'Paul's Dwarf' in a private garden in Petaluma, California in winter, hence the slight bronzing to the foliage.
Photo by David Olszyk