After reducing foliage to 50% early Spring, the Mugo Pine has not been putting on any new growth. Recently it’s finally popping some new buds. I guess this is inline with online sources indicating that Mugo Pine reacts better to abuse during mid-summer. It seems that the Mugo Pine remains dormant up until mid-summer. I don’t know whether it has anything to do with me reducing its foliage. But coming early Spring year, I plan to further reduce its top foliage in hopes of pushing growth further down to the trunk to make the tree more compact.