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.
All Common Names:
- Residential and parks
Tree or Plant Type:
- Evergreen (foliage year-round)
- Shade tree,
- Large tree (more than 40 feet),
- Medium tree (25-40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil
- Moderately Tolerant
- May be difficult to find in nurseries,
- Weak wood and branch structure
- Edible fruit,
- Attractive bark
Season of Interest:
- Early winter,
- Mid winter,
- Late winter,
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall,
- Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
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.