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Appealing Bark

Trees are a beautiful addition to any landscape, and not just for their greenery. During the winter months, when many trees lose leaves, those with attractive or unusual bark truly shine.

Trees like gumbo limbo and rainbow eucalyptus have brightly colored bark that comes in shades of red, pink, green, and yellow. The river birch tree can provide nice textural interest because the outer bark strips off over time, exposing the cream-colored inner bark. Crapemyrtles are well known for their beautiful summer flowers, but they also have interesting, peeling bark that is often quite colorful.

Other trees with interesting bark include sycamore, Chinese elm, and flowering cherry.

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