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.