China, the Lacebark pine, a slow growing ornamental, was widely
planted beside temples and cemeteries. Native to the mountainous
regions of northern and central China, some specimens are more than
1000 years old. The Lacebark pine was first discovered in 1831 near
Beijing by Dr. Bunge (after whom the plant was later named).
As it ages, the Lacebark pine exfoliates in irregular plates that are grayish green with chalky white or brown patches. The result looks like a wonderful jig saw puzzle camouflage.
The plants are propagated by seed or by grafting.
You will find a small grove of these wonderful trees on the entry walk from the admission booth to the Conservatory.