Pinus bungeana

Not to be confused with Pinus albicaulis, also called white-bark pine
Lacebark pine
Lacebark pine to the east of the Main Hall at Jogyesa (Buddhist Temple) in Seoul, South Korea.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Pinaceae
Genus: Pinus
Species: P. bungeana
Binomial name
Pinus bungeana
Zucc. ex Endl.

Pinus bungeana (English: Bunge's pine[2] or lacebark pine or white-barked pine; Chinese: 白皮松 Japanese: シロマツ) is a pine tree native to northeastern and central China.[3][4] It is a slow-growing tree that can grow to heights of 15–25m and is frost hardy down to below -26 °C. Its smooth, grey-green bark gradually sheds in round scales to reveal patches of pale yellow, which turn olive-brown, red and purple on exposure to light.

Pinus bungeana (Lacebark Pine) at Kew Gardens, London, England.
Pinus bungeana (Lacebark Pine) at Kew Gardens, London, England.

Distribution and habitat

Pinus bungeana is native to mountains of China, but is widely cultivated as an ornamental, especially for its attractive metallic bark.[1] It has naturalized in the Sierra de la Ventana of eastern Argentina.

Pinus bungeana (Lacebark Pine) close up of bark


It is grown as ornamental tree in far eastern oriental classical gardens where it symbolizes longevity. It can also be seen in botanic gardens and often grows with multiple stems. Its bark is especially admired just after rains because of the emphasised contrasting colours of its peeling plates.

Bark and foliage


  1. 1 2 Bachman, S. (RBG Kew); Farjon, A. (RBG Kew); Gardner, M. (RBG Edinburgh); Thomas, P. (RBG Edinburgh); Luscombe, D. (Forestry Comm. Bedgebury) & Reynolds, C. (Forestry Comm. Bedgebury) (2007). "Pinus bungeana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. "Pinus bungeana". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. eFloras, Missouri Botanical Garden & Harvard University Herbaria (FOC Vol. 4 Page 22), Pinus bungeana, retrieved 2009 Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  4. "The Gymnosperm Database".

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