Pinus bungeana: Lacebark Pine

Theodore Klein Awards: Day #2

Pinus bungeana – Lacebark Pine

This exquisite Japanese species offers fine evergreen texture on an upright oval form to 20-30’ tall. The usually multi-trunked plants offer stunning exfoliating bark of deep green, cream, copper and olive (right). This is an excellent specimen plant for full sun or partial shade in rich, moist soils. A truly incredible cultivar was selected from a planting at the Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio and has been relaeased as ‘Silver Ghost’ (below) to describe its bright white bark that is visible from a long distance away.

I was first introduced to this wonderful and underused plant while working for Don Shadow.  He has a wonderful specimen to the front of his office.  I had never seen nor heard of it before and was captivated by its tight upright growth it has before it matures and starts to open up.  This is a fantastic plant to try and for an evergreen has some of the most interesting exfoliating bark I have ever seen.

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