Pinus bungeana 'Rowe Arboretum'
Common name: Lacebark pine, Bunge's pine, white-barked pine
Pinus bungeana is a pine tree planted in our Garden in 2018 and is still quite small. It takes 10 years to develop exfoliating bark that reveals patches of white, green and purple, somewhat resembling army camouflage. On old lacebark pines, the patches are solid white. It is native to mountains in China and grown as an ornamental tree in classical gardens where it symbolizes longevity. It is named after Alexander von Bunge, a Russian botanist.
Our cultivar is slower growing than the species, about 1 metre high in 2021.
Tree photo taken in Garden 2020.
Bark photo by Abrahami, via Wikimedia Commons