Wordless Wednesday – Bark(ing) Mad

Now that it is easy to see the wood from the trees, it is well worth taking a walk to check out how beautiful tree bark can be.


The colourful layers of Calocedrus decurrens (The Incense Cedar) look a bit like stacked tissue paper


Glowing white bark, with ‘morse code’ lenticels, on Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii (Himalayan Birch)


A jigsaw of irregular plates of coloured bark on Pinus nigra ssp. pallasiana (Crimean Pine)


The shiny ribbon bark on Prunus serrula – The Tibetan Cherry (this example is from the Winter Walk at Anglesey Abbey)


Smoke signals rise up the green trunk of Rhus potaninii – The Potanin Sumac


Peeling metallic sections on Parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood)


Acer davidii ssp. grosseri – One of the beautiful snake bark maples, with diamond markings


Plaited iron-grey furrows of Maclura pomifera (Osage Orange)


Eruptions and wrinkles on the bark of Prunus serrulata alba plena  (Japanese Cherry)


The lava-like flows on a Cluster Pine (Pinus pinaster)


My friend giving Betula albosinensis (Chinese Red birch) the compulsory rub

These pictures were taken in Cambridge Botanical Gardens.


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29 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Bark(ing) Mad

  1. Simply Gorgeous-thank you.

  2. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous! One of the compensations for winter is being able to enjoy bare trees in all their barky glory. One of my favourite trees at the far end of the winter garden at Cambridge is Betula albosinensis ‘ Septentrionalis’. Do you know that one?

  3. Sam says:

    All gorgeous but my favourites are Betula utilis var. J (we had one in our old garden – it glowed in the gloaming) and Prunus serula (so glossy!). Trees are flipping wonderful.

  4. Great post! One of my favorites is Stewartia pseudocamellia.

  5. susurrus says:

    It’s lovely to be able to compare the barks this way. Some were very familiar but others I hadn’t seen (or noticed) before.

  6. Fabulous images and descriptions, I want all of them for Christmas (but might need a much bigger garden).

  7. FlowerAlley says:

    Those bark photos should be framed and grouped. They are lovely. I wish I could touch those different textures.

  8. Tina says:

    What a great post! Such gorgeous photos and beautiful tree bark(s). I like FlowerAlley’s suggestion–what a beautiful photo vignette that would be in your home.

  9. Such a lovely and diverse array. Wonderfully taken!

  10. Eliza Waters says:

    I love looking at bark and your selection here is absolutely beautiful!!

  11. othermary says:

    Thank you for that selection, and for identifying them all. There are a couple that I have never seen before.

  12. Wonderful photographs, especially the Pinus nigra and P. pinaster.

  13. Trees do come into their own with bark like these. Lovely

  14. Val says:

    What a lovely post. I adore trees. We have a lot here but the bark of many are hidden by shrubs and other leafery so I’ve only ever managed to photograph a few from time to time.
    I’m curous about the Tibetan Cherry. There was a cherry tree in my childhood garden that had bark like that. The cherries never ripened properly… I wonder if it was one of these.

    • Thank you. There are some splendid tree barks around which are pointed out for winter interest, but I have always been a bit obsessed with the texture and patterns on a wider selection. I also like to see mosses and lichen growing on bark. Prunus serrula is a fantastic tree, but I can’t honestly remember ever seeing set cherries on them. Maybe England/Wales doesn’t have quite the right climate. I’ll have to check.

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