A List of Interesting
Tree Bark, D-M

The list of trees with interesting bark continues for interest in the winter garden.

Davidia involucrata, dove tree—scaly texture

Eucalyptus—ornamental gray exfoliating tree bark revealing inner orange bark

Exochorda racemosa, pearlbush—gray, brown, orange scaly bark on older specimens

Fagus grandifolia, American beech—smooth, elegant silver-gray bark

Fagus grandifolia, American beech barkFagus grandifolia

Fagus sylvatica, European beech—smooth, gray bark

Ginkgo biloba, ginkgo--develops a furrowed, gray scaly hide with age

Ginkgo biloba barkGinkgo biloba bark

Gymnocladus dioicus, Kentucky coffeetree—dark gray, scaly, fissured and flaking

Gymnocladus dioicusGymnocladus dioicus

Halesia tetraptera, Carolina silverbell—alternating light and darker gray irregular vertical ridges

Halesia tetrapteraHalesia tetraptera

Kerria japonica, Japanese kerria—slender, supple stems that are bright green in winter

Lagerstroemia fauriei ‘Fantasy’—deep cinnamon red exfoliating bark

Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy'Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy'

Lagerstroemia indica, crape myrtle—gray bark peels in long strips revealing smooth, mottled underbark. 'Natchez' shown below.

Lagerstroemia indica 'Natchez'Lagerstroemia indica 'Natchez'

Magnolia grandiflora, Southern magnolia--broadleaf evergreen develops patchy, scaly gray "elephant hide" on older trees

Magnolia grandiflora barkMagnolia grandiflora

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, dawn redwood—deciduous conifer with reddish exfoliating bark on mature trees; fluted trunks

Metasequoia gyptostroboides, dawn redwood barkMetasequoia glyptostroboides

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