The Do not climb pine


Hi there,

Was wondering the name of the spectacularly wide and low pine trees on the hill at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. They are marked with nothing more than a few ‘do not climb’ signs. Would love to look into the possibility of planting them in my own garden.

Thank you!



What an interesting looking pine!

I have contacted the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, Paul Zammit and this is his response:

The mystery “do not climb tree” is in Edwards Gardens and is a very old Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo) that over time has been allowed to develop an open and free form rather than the typical mound shape like we are accustomed too in most landscapes.”

It may take you quite some time to replicate this unusual growth habit in your ouw back yard.