Lace bark pine is a multi trunked evergreen tree native to China that is grown primarily for its colorful peeling bark.The grey outer bark flakes off in irregular patches, revealing blotches of cream, purple, yellow, and green. This marbled pattern is framed by the rigid, gray-green, 2-4 in (5.1-10.2 cm) long needles, which are held in groups of three.
3 Tips for Planting Lacebark Pine
1) Find a Sunny Spot
Plant lacebark pine in a prominent, sunny place, such as near a terrace, pathway, or house window, where you can view the patterns of its bark.As a general rule, slow release fertilizers, (such as Osmocote or Agriform tablets) should be used at time of planting. Care should be taken if other commercial fertilizers are used since roots of young trees are sensitive to over fertilizing. During the second and following years, 2-4 pounds of 10-10-10 can be applied to each 100 square feet of bed area. For larger trees in open areas about 2 pounds of fertilizer can be applied.
2) Prune off Lower Branches
As the tree develops, you can prune off the lower branches so that its lovely bark and multiple trunks become more visible. Or you can group several unprimed lace barks to form a handsome windbreak, screen, or background planting in the garden.Lacebark pine is best grown in well-drained soils in full sun. It can be grown in a windbreak or as a specimen tree in your landscape. It is a great choice for acreages because it is tolerant of deer damage. It is a slow growing tree.One of my favorite evergreens is Lacebark Pine, Pinus bungeana. Lacebark pine grows up to 30-50 feet tall and 20-35 feet wide. The needles are 2-4 inches long and they are held in a bundle of three. The needles on Ponderosa pine are held in bundles of 2 or 3 and on Austrian pine they are held in bundles of 2. The cones on lacebark pine are small, yellow-brown, and 2 inches long. The most noteworthy characteristic of lacebark pine is the bark.
3) Adding Lacebark Pine to your Landscape
Unlike some conifers, lacebark pine does not lose its green color in extreme low temperatures.In winter, it makes quite a statement when grown alongside other trees with ornamental bark, such as river birch and service berry.Lacebark pines come from the orient and are often used on the grounds of Buddhist temples due to the unique bark. According to the University of Georgia, Lacebark pine contains delicious seeds, they are described as a “sweet, nutty delicacy”. Pinyon pine is the most commonly used tree for pine nuts, but lacebark pine also has delicious seeds that are large enough to be used for making pesto and snacking on like other pine nuts.
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