Lacebark Pine
Pinus bungeana

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pinus (PY-nus) (Info)
Species: bungeana (bun-jee-AY-nuh) (Info)
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Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Wellington, Colorado

Aurora, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

New York City, New York

Indian Trail, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Heath, Ohio

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Reston, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
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Positive

On Dec 25, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

One of the best pines for gardens, because of its showy bark, its open, usually multitrunked, picturesque habit, and its slow rate of growth (about 1' per year). Eventually can reach 30-50' (rarely 75') tall and 20-35' wide.

This is one of the showiest of trees for bark character. The bark flakes off in big plates, starting from when the stem diameter reaches 2", over time forming a mosaic of white, tan, silver, purple, and olive. The proportion of white increases with age. The shining white revealed by the exfoliating bark on older trees can rival that of a sycamore (Platanus occidentalis).

Full sun, well-drained soil. Can break under heavy snow loads. Not reliable north of Z5a. Dirr gives its southern limit as Z7b in the southeastern US.

Positive

On Jan 31, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a beautiful pine from China that is slow growing and expensive to buy at some larger nurseries that offer it. Some landscape designers or well-to-do homeowners use it, but it is sort of rare. It has stiff, bright green needles in bundles of 3 about 4" long. It develops pretty bark that varies among specimens with different patterns of smooth patches of green, tan, and cream and some exfoliating bark and gray and brown bark. I took photos of one older and full-grown specimen about 1990 in Aurora, IL, that had to be at least 50 years old or more, but it got crappy several years later and was removed. I think it had problems with its growth structure and pine borer insects.

Neutral

On Mar 20, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have not seen any in the Twin Cities (zone 4) yet.

Positive

On Mar 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

GReat looking bark- peels in large plaques making trunk look a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. Sparse crown in zone 9b, but healthy. Meant for colder climates than Southern California but does well in zones higher than 7 which is what is listed as its maximum in the literature.