As winter settles in throughout the Midwest, our eyes examine a muted landscape where any hint of texture and color will catch the eye. The ornamental bark of so many of our woody plants becomes more pronounced and noteworthy.
One of my favorite smaller trees for amazing bark is the paperbark maple (Acer griseum). The cinnamon colored, flaking bark is mesmerizing in the landscape and while more pronounced on younger trunks and stems, becomes a focal point in those winter months when the paperbark maple becomes a rock star!
What are your favorite trees or shrubs for interesting bark characteristics?