What Type of Evergreen is This?

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.

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  • Gillian
    April 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    My guess is a Mungo Pine.

  • 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).

  • 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

  • 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?

  • kasia
    April 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hallie is exactly right it is a Mugo pine. I love them too, all year long.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure it’s a mugo pine and that it was pruned.

  • 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.

  • 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?!


  • Jessica
    April 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Yes, what about this baby…

  • Lonnie
    April 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    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!

  • 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!

  • pve
    April 21, 2009 at 5:20 am

    pine schmine, where’s that bright eyed, and bushy tailed bundle of joy?

  • Henley
    April 21, 2009 at 7:52 am

    looks like a black pine to me.

  • 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! :-)

  • 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!

  • 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???

  • Making it Lovely
    April 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    The baby is NOT HERE YET! I’m one week past-due now.

  • 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…

  • 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!!