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Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' | Dwarf mountain pine - 45-50cm -8lt

Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' | Dwarf mountain pine - 45-50cm -8lt

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Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' is a remarkable cultivar of the Pinus mugo species, also known as the mountain pine or dwarf mountain pine. This particular cultivar, named 'Benjamin,' is a compact, slow-growing, and low-maintenance coniferous evergreen shrub that makes an ideal choice for gardens, rockeries, or as a specimen plant in various landscaping projects. Its distinctive characteristics and growth habits make it a popular choice among gardeners and landscapers who appreciate its unique charm and resilience.

Originating from the mountainous regions of central and southern Europe, Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' thrives in higher altitude environments and is well-adapted to a wide range of conditions. It prefers well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soils and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clayey compositions. It can withstand temperatures as low as -50°F (-45°C) and is suitable for a diverse range of climates.

Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' is characterized by its dense, symmetrical, and rounded growth habit, reaching a mature height and spread of approximately 3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters) in 10 years. Its slow growth rate, typically about 1-3 inches (2.5-7.5 cm) per year, makes it an excellent choice for small gardens and confined spaces where other conifers might become too large. The compact size of this cultivar allows it to maintain its shape without the need for regular pruning, which makes it an attractive low-maintenance option.

The foliage of Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' consists of dark green, needle-like leaves, arranged in pairs and spirally arranged along the branches. Each needle is approximately 1.2-2.4 inches (3-6 cm) in length, with a slightly curved or twisted appearance. These needles are retained year-round, providing constant interest and color even during the winter months.

In addition to its attractive foliage, Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' produces small, inconspicuous, yellowish-brown male cones and slightly larger, ovoid, green female cones. As the female cones mature, they turn into a woody, brown color and release winged seeds that are dispersed by the wind. While the cones are not particularly showy, they do provide additional textural interest to the plant's overall appearance.

The bark of Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' is initially smooth, with a grayish-brown color, which gradually becomes more rugged and furrowed as the shrub ages. This textural contrast between the bark, needles, and cones contributes to the visual appeal of this cultivar.

To maintain the health and vigor of Pinus mugo 'Benjamin,' it is essential to provide it with a sunny or partially shaded location, allowing it to receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Although it is relatively drought-tolerant once established, it is essential to water it regularly during the first few years of growth to encourage a strong, healthy root system.

In summary, Pinus mugo 'Benjamin' is a captivating and resilient evergreen shrub that offers year-round interest, with its dense growth habit, dark green needle-like foliage, and intriguing bark texture. Its compact size, slow growth rate, and low-maintenance requirements make it an exceptional choice for various landscape settings, from rock gardens to mixed borders or as a focal point in a small garden.

  • Common Name

    Dwarf mountain pine 'Benjamin'

  • Family

    Pinaceae

  • Type

    evergreen tree

  • Pot Size

    8

  • Height (cm)

    45-50cm

  • Native To

    garden origin

  • Flower

    non-flowering

  • Foliage

    needle-like, jade-green leaves

  • Maturation period

    20–50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

0.5–1m

Mature Width

0.5–1m

Shape / habit

tufted, bushy

Preferred Location

Orientation

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period

Flower

non-flowering

Foliage

all year

Fruit

no fruit

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