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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.

  • Family (English) Pine
  • Family (botanic) Pinaceae
  • Planting site Residential and parks
  • Tree or plant type Tree
  • Foliage Evergreen (foliage year-round)
  • Native locale Non-native
  • 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 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil, Occasional drought
  • Season of interest early fall, early spring, early summer, early winter, late fall, late spring, late summer, late winter, mid fall, mid spring, midsummer, midwinter
  • Flower color and fragrance Inconspicuous
  • Shape or form Broad, Pyramidal
  • Growth rate Slow
  • Transplants well No
  • Planting considerations May be difficult to find in nurseries, Weak wood and branch structure
  • Has cultivars Yes

Native geographic location and habitat:

This tree is native to China.

Bark color and texture:  

It’s bark peels to reveal a mottled pattern of green, cream and brown patches.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:

Leaves are evergreen, stiff, dark green needles with sharp points, and are  arranged in clusters of 3.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size:

Flowers are monoecious (male and female flowers growing on the same tree but in different structures) and are not ornamentally important.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:

This tree produces woody cones growing 2 to 3 inches long.

Plant care:

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

List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:

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

Silver Ghost lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana ‘Silver Ghost’): 

The cultivar has mottled bark with silvery-gray tones.

Temple Gem lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana ‘Temple Gem’): 

This is a more compact tree and a slow-growing cultivar.


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