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Lacebark pine

Lacebark pine has an attractive mottled bark.

Lacebark pine has a very distinctive mottled bark that sets it apart from other pines.  Branches on this pine can be brittle and more prone to storm damage.

This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.


Botanical name:

Pinus bungeana

All common names:

lacebark pine

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Planting Site:

  • Residential and parks

Tree or Plant Type:

  • Tree


  • Evergreen (foliage year-round)

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Shade tree,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Large tree (more than 40 feet),
  • medium tree (25-40 feet)

Mature Height:

30-50 feet

Mature Width:

20-35 feet

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7

Soil Preference:

  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Occasional drought,
  • Alkaline soil

Acid Soils:

  • Tolerant

Alkaline Soils:

  • Tolerant

Salt Spray:

  • Intolerant

Soil Salt:

  • Intolerant

Drought Conditions:

  • Moderately Tolerant

Poor Drainage:

  • Intolerant

Planting Considerations:

  • May be difficult to find in nurseries,
  • Weak wood and branch structure

Ornamental Interest:

  • Edible fruit,
  • Attractive bark

Seasons of Interest:

  • early winter,
  • midwinter,
  • late winter,
  • early spring,
  • mid spring,
  • late spring,
  • early summer,
  • midsummer,
  • late summer,
  • early fall,
  • mid fall,
  • late fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Inconspicuous

Shape or Form:

  • Broad,
  • Pyramidal

Growth Rate:

  • Slow

Transplants Well:

  • No

More Information:

Tree & Plant Care

Can be pruned into a single trunked specimen or can be multi-trunked.

Disease, pests, and problems

Less prone to some of the diseases and insects common on pines.
Wood is somewhat brittle and the tree may suffer storm damage.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to China.

Bark color and texture 

Bark peels to reveal a mottled pattern of green, cream and brown patches.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Evergreen.  Stiff, dark green needles with sharp points,  arranged in clusters of 3.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Monoecious (male and female flowers on same tree but in different structures); not ornamentally important.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Woody cones, 2 to 3 inches long.

Cultivars and their differences

Silver Ghost lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana 'Silver Ghost'):  The mottled bark has silvery-gray tones.

Temple Gem lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana 'Temple Gem'):  A more compact, slow-growing cultivar.

Location of Pinus bungeana (Lacebark pine) at the Arboretum