Not much excites the senses in the stark landscape of a northern winter. But tree bark is something to bark about. Winter is the ideal time to appreciate its many forms and textures. While walking Grass Point I decided to take a closer look at the bark in this park.
|Eastern Red Cedar|
|Eastern White Pine|
|Four different barks I couldn’t positively identify. Maybe you can?|
This peeling bark reminds me of a Shagbark Hickory but I don’t think that’s what this tree is. Some older maples begin to peel. It is very difficult to identify a tree only by its bark!
This bark also appears to be that of a maple judging by the last few clinging leaves. It also appears to be well loved. Aside from these cocoons, it also hosts two bird nests.
I’m not the only one appreciating the bark in this park. This is the work of pileated woodpeckers. They seem to prefer the White Pines.
I don’t think the tree directly above will live to see another winter. This is the front and back of the tree. Notice the wood chips below on the snow. (The top photo is a different tree.)
Who is that barking now? Even Mojo is taken with the bark in this park!
Consider bark when designing your garden. It will be the main attraction come winter. In my own garden I appreciate the red bark of dogwoods, especially with a back drop of blue spruce. Who doesn’t love paper white or river birch trunks towering over the snow? I don’t know about you, but I think the bark of the red pine is spectacular.