Latin Name: Pinus bungeana
Plant Family: Pinaceae
Origin: Northeastern and Central China
Lacebark Pine is native to northeastern and central China and is prized for its ornamental bark. The smooth gray bark sheds revealing mottled patches of yellow, brown, red, and purple beneath. The tree is usually multi-trunked with an upright oval shape. As the tree matures, the canopy flattens allowing filtered sunlight beneath. Capable of reaching 75 feet, this slow grower is most often seen as a 30 to 50 foot tall tree with a 20 to 35 foot spread. The Lacebark Pine prefers to grow in full sun, in well-drained acid soils, and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8.
The Lacebark Pine is regarded by many to be the most beautiful of all the pines. It is widely planted in China and is commonly found on the grounds of temples. This tree works best in the landscape if placed near a patio or walkway where the trunk character can be viewed easily.