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Common Name

Lacebark pine

Scientific Name

  Pinus bungeana  (Pinaceae, Pinales)

Inventory Numbers: 729

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 andnamed for Dr. Alexander von Bunge, who discovered the species in 1831 in Beijing. TheChinese loveforpine treeswas expressed in this ancient poem.Genus name form the Latin for pines.

TheChinese loveforpine treeswas 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.

-Li Li-Weng

Garden blog Grounds for Sculpture

Specimen Provenance:

Common name: Lacebark Pine

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

Flowers: Monoecious

Fruits and seeds: Cones small (2” long) and brown.