Outside What Type of Evergreen is This? Anyone know? It’s about 3′ tall and I really like the shape of it, but I don’t know if it grows that way naturally or if it was pruned. On April 20, 2009 25 You Might Also Like... Up for the Challenge: Part Four April 24, 2009 Currently in Second… May 11, 2009 Our Backyard Patio Furniture April 14, 2010 Previous Post Up for the Challenge: Part Three Next Post One Week Past Due 25 Comments Reply Gillian April 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm My guess is a Mungo Pine. Reply Hallie April 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm I’m pretty sure they are mugo pines. We have some in our front yard. They are nice but right now are suffering from some sort of scale (fungus). Reply Becki April 20, 2009 at 1:40 pm It would appear from the little brown tips that it is some sort of pine but exactly which type, I am unsure. Hope that is helpful. Becki Reply Nadia April 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm a detail of the needle structure would be helpful. How many needles per cluster? how long are they? any cones on it? Reply kasia April 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm Hallie is exactly right it is a Mugo pine. I love them too, all year long. Reply Ryan April 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm A mugo pine will grow branches all the way to the ground so if you like the way this one looks with the open branches at the bottom, pruning will be required. The general rule when pruning bushes is to make sure they are narrower at the top than bottom top to allow sunlight to reach the entire plant. And if you don’t want it get keep growing bigger, snap off those candles at the ends of the branches in the spring. Reply Peggasus April 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm Mugho (correct spelling) pine is correct. And it was pruned at the bottom, otherwise they are just kind of spread up from the ground in a, uh…bushy way. We have a number of them, and they are great plants. They also come in a dwarf variety. Reply Jacci April 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm If you buy a Mugho Pine, definitely ask about its size at maturity. Some of those guys can get way too big for use in a mixed bed (“mixed” meaning with shrubs, small trees, perennials, annuals) or for a foundation planting for a small house. Sounds like Peggasus’ suggestion for a dwarf variety is something to take note of :) Reply barb in Edmonton April 20, 2009 at 2:26 pm You can prune the top and sides of the mugo pine by simply breaking off one third to one half of the candles when they’re soft. The candles are those “candle-shaped” thingies that grow at the tips of the branches. My mugo pine is quite large so I tend to break off the entire candle. Reply Cynthia April 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm I believe it is a juniper and it will never fill out. But I could be wrong. I had a dear garden friend that said: if a plant is somewhere that you don’t like it, it is a weed. So yank it out. So if you don’t like it…. yank it out. Reply Redmaiko April 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm Looks like a Mugho Pine, and it also looks like someone hacked at the bottom branches! :( They normally have branches at the bottom as well. Reply Sarah April 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm I’m pretty sure it’s a mugo pine and that it was pruned. Reply Making it Lovely April 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm Thanks – I thought it might be some sort of pine, but I’m such a novice when it comes to gardening and plant identification. Reply alivicwil April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm Never mind the shrubbery… Shouldn’t you be off somewhere, huffing and puffing and welcoming your beautiful baby?! :) Reply Jessica April 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm Yes, what about this baby… Reply Lonnie April 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm ha! I keep checking here, expecting to see news of the birth, and am met with shrubbery. I’m sure you’re more eager than we are though! Reply Keri April 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm I keep waiting to see if you’ve had that baby yet:-)! I do love that little tree/ bush, though. It has a great shape! Reply pve April 21, 2009 at 5:20 am pine schmine, where’s that bright eyed, and bushy tailed bundle of joy? Reply Henley April 21, 2009 at 7:52 am looks like a black pine to me. Reply bungalowbliss April 21, 2009 at 8:35 am Now that’s what I’m talking about. Give us some news–and pics!–about a sweet little lass, not some question about a shrub! :-) Reply Bri April 21, 2009 at 11:57 am Looks like a mugo pine. I had one in my front yard that had been let go for about 10 years before I bought the house. I spent weeks clearing out dead branches and pruning to make it look sort of like yours. It reminded me of a bonsai form and I really liked it, but eventually I gave up and tore it out. It had been allowed to grow unchecked for too long and it was horribly out of scale with the rest of the yard. Plus it was hiding a lovely japanese lace leaf maple. Bottom line, if you want to keep it that size/shape, prune regularly! Reply Samantha April 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm No idea, but more to the point, do we know what kind of baby you have yet??? Reply Making it Lovely April 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm The baby is NOT HERE YET! I’m one week past-due now. Reply Bethany April 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm is that a wallet hiding under the tree? hope you saw it and checked for cash! HA!… kidding… Reply Marilyn Lundberg April 22, 2009 at 12:42 am It’s definitely a mugho pine. They are all over my neighborhood. If they are left to grow on their own they are out of control. Yours has obviously (to me) been pruned. Think bonsai!! Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.