Pine first styling

I have this pine that i want style but don’t have any clue from where to start!
As u can see there is no back budding all the nidles are on the tips
The tree need to be repotted as well
The nebari is very strong with thik trunk
Can someone identify the species the old owner told that is mugo pine but im not sure

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If it is a 2 needle pine it could either be mugo (P. mugo) or a dwarf scots (P. sylvestris) pine. The later are normally grafted.

The first order of business is to build the strength of the tree to get some back budding. Repotting should help with that. It is plenty open so you are getting enough light to the interior to encourage back buds.

I would go with a spreading style which is sometimes seen in older scots pine in exposed locations. That would allow you to use much of the branching with only the need to reduce to 2 junctions and to get ti to back bud at about 1/2 the current branch length.

It will be a long term project, but I think it can be a very nice tree.


Not sure if you figured out which pine it is, but it looks like a sylvestris. Sylvestris’ upper and younger bark usually has a red/orange colour, which your pine seems to have. To my knowledge mugo is grey.

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Great material you got there.
I agree with @MartyWeiser , repot it and try to get some back budding started, so you have something to be able to cut back to, otherwise you’ll have long branches with foliage only on the tips. You could also try grafting back down on some branches.
As for species, I’d go with scots rather then mugo based on the bark and buds.

Io penso,vedendo il colore degli aghi e della corteccia,che sia un pino silvestre. Comunque è una bella pianta con un ottimo potenziale.

Yes I agree with you,scots pine has a reddish bark while mugo pine is more gray :+1::+1: