Botanical Name: Pinus bungeana
Not ornamentally significant.
The green needles are 2 to 4 inches long and are held 3 to a bundle. The needles persist 3 to 4 years.
Light brown cones are 2 to 3 inches long and will be found both on branch tips and stems.
When young the trees are fairly pyramidal but they become rounded and then flat-topped as they age. This takes time as they have a slow rate of growth.
30 to 50 feet, but closer to 30 feet in New England.
The common name derives from its beautiful bark. The bark is exfoliating. It peels off in patches exposing irregular areas of green, gray and red tones.
Description: This native of China was first observed by Dr. Bunge near Peking in 1831, being cultivated in a temple garden. This is a tree that has to be around awhile to be fully appreciated. As a young tree, it has dark green needles and forms a bushy, densely branched pyramid. The bark on young trees is smooth and a dull gray, but by the time they are about 8 years old, the bark starts scaling off in small patches like a plane tree. On older trees, when these patches scale off, a chalky white sub-bark is exposed. This is a relatively rare and very interesting pine.