Pinus bungeana

Botanical Name: Pinus bungeana

Common Name:
Lacebark Pine

Plant Hardiness: Zone 4

Flower: Not ornamentally significant

Bloom Time: Spring

Foliage: The green needles are 2 to 4 inches long and are held 3 to a bundle. The needles persist 3 to 4 years

Fruit: Light brown cones are 2 to 3 inches long and will be found both on branch tips and stems

Habit: When young the trees are fairly pyramidal but they become rounded and then flat-topped as they age. This takes time as they have a slow rate of growth

Size: 30 to 50 feet, but closer to 30 feet in New England

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Native Habitat: China

Other Features: The common name derives from its beautiful bark. The bark is exfoliating. It peels off in patches exposing irregular areas of green, gray and red tones



Description: This native of China was first observed by Dr. Bunge near Peking in 1831, being cultivated in a temple garden. This is a tree that has to be around awhile to be fully appreciated. As a young tree, it has dark green needles and forms a bushy, densely branched pyramid. The bark on young trees is smooth and a dull gray, but by the time they are about 8 years old, the bark starts scaling off in small patches like a plane tree. On older trees, when these patches scale off, a chalky white sub-bark is exposed. This is a relatively rare and very interesting pine.