Bark!

Arbutus

Arbutus

During a December afternoon stroll around our neighbourhood, Constance and Min became interested in the varieties of tree bark. Here Constance is demonstrating how the Arbutus tree bark peels and drops off…

Arbutus 2

Arbutus 2

…the bark is pretty, looking like rolled cinnamon sticks but not so fragrant…

Garry Oak

Garry Oak

…while the bark of the local Garry Oak tree is grey and cubed  and mossy.

Cedar

Cedar

The fibrous Western Redcedar has long stringy fibres on the outer surface. The inner secondary phloem layer was stripped from the trees and used by local First Nations to make clothing and baskets.

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

The magnificent Douglas Fir tree has thick fireproof bark with deep furrows…

Douglas Fir2

Douglas Fir 2

…some of which are spiderwebby and sappy.

Cherry

Cherry

Cherry Bark is a beautiful colour, and has little horizontal clusters of bumps.

Pine

Pine

The Bark of this Pine has excellent hand and footholds for climbing!

Yip, Yap and Woof

Yip, Yap and Woof

The other kind of barks we encountered were nosier, noisier and bouncier than the trees, but also pretty cute.


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9 thoughts on “Bark!

  1. how instructive. Really enjoy the photos of the different trees. The arbutus bark is really something different.
    And of course we love the other kind of barks. We just happen to have that kind right here on the farm.
    Constance and Min are very cute in and amongst the trees.

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