Tree Bark Talk

By Sarah Lord

When the leaves are gone, identifying trees can be difficult. While damaged bark hurts most trees, or is a symptom that pests have the upper hand, exfoliant bark peels and sheds naturally. It is abandoned skin as the tree grows.

Can you identify these mottled-bark Bolton Hill trees? 

Our Crape Myrtles (1) are small, multi-stemmed summer ornamentals. The Chinese elm (2) is medium-sized; its cousin the Japanese Zelcova (3) grows 70-80 feet in height. Sycamores (4) in the wild can reach 100 feet.

This time of year we are grateful to the exfoliants, which add winter interest to our streets.

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