The lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana) is a slow-growing, multi-trunked conifer that can be easy recognized because the peeling bark of mature trees. The tree has dark green needles that grow in bundles of three and small yellow brown cones. The tree is native to China and named for Dr. Alexander von Bunge, who discovered the species in 1831 in Beijing. The Chinese love for pine trees was expressed in this ancient poem. Genus name form the Latin for pines.
The Chinese love for pine trees was expressed in this ancient poem:
When one sits in a garden with peach trees,
flowers, and willows, without a single pine
in sight, it is like sitting among children and
women without any venerable man in the
vicinity to whom one may look up.
Common name: Lacebark Pine
Scientific Name (family and order): Pinus bungeana (Pinaceae, Pinales)
Species Origin: Central and nothern China
New Jersey Status: USDA Unreported
Habit: 30 – 50’ tall which it reaches in about 50 years. May be spreading and multitrunked but can be trained to have single trunk.
Habitat: Zones 4 -8
Trunk/Stem: Bark is the most noteworthy aspect as it is a patchwork of white, olive , light purple and sliver eventually becoming milky-white at maturity.
Leaves: Evergreen, needles in groups of three. Remain for 3 – 4 years. Stiff, apex sharp-pointed 2 -4 “ long 1/12” wide margins finely toothed, inside slightly rounded made by the raised midrib with stomatic lines on both sides. Lustrous, medium to dark green. Needles very stiff and rigid as well as sharp
Fruits and seeds: Cones small (2” long) and brown.