|FAMILY||Pinaceae (Pine Family)|
Lacebark pine, a native of northern China, is one of the most spectacular pines in cultivation. Young trees develop peeling bark with a camouflage-like pattern of grays, greens, whites, and tans. With age, usually over 50 years old, and exposure to sun, the bark becomes chalk white. Ancient, white-barked trees are highly prized in China and can be seen planted near temples and palaces.
These slow-growing trees are sometimes multi-trunked with an upright, rounded growth habit, reaching up to 70 feet tall over time. The needles, in bundles of 3, are glossy green, 2 to 4 inches long and seed cones are small and egg-shaped, up to 2 inches long.
A stunning example in the Ross Conifer Arboretum at the New York Botanical Garden, received in 1909, displays handsomely mottled bark on the shaded side of the trunk with nearly white bark on the sunny side. Altogether, lacebark pine would make a magnificent specimen for any garden or landscape.
|HARDINESS||USDA Zone 7 (Coldest zone where hardy)|
|SOIL||It occurs on limestone (or more acid soils in the north) and demands a light open site.|
|SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS||Winter Interest | Bark|
|Other Pinus (pines)|
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