Pine, Mountain (PINUS MUGO) - 'COLUMNARIS'
The form of this mugo pine has a distinct, very narrow, upright, pyramidal shape that is different from the more traditional rounded mugo. This shape allows it to provide a nice pop of height to the landscape; although, it is a dwarf tree and so it will not overwhelm your space. This super hardy cultivar is perfect for tight landscape spaces where a strong vertical accent is appropriate. Additionally, the long, dark green needles of 'Columnaris' combined with red-orange bark and conspicuously white, waxy buds creates a specimen that adds a unique touch. Our favorite trait of 'Columnaris', though, is that it reliably produces adorable, small ornamental cones that catch the eye and add even more personality to this already inviting tree.
This compact, small tree is perfect for limited spaces and combination plantings standing at only 8 ft tall and 4 ft wide. It can be planted near power lines and fills out all the way to ground level. Incredibly cold hardy at a USDA Hardiness zone 2, this specimen grows slowly at about 3-6 inches per year. It requires full sun and prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil. Standing water will most likely kill 'Columnaris' so plan accordingly. It is not particular as to soil type or pH and is able to handle environmental salts. Highly tolerant of urban pollution and will thrive in inner city environments.