Since it's winter and most hardy plants are dressed down to their barest, it's the perfect time to gather a list of the top 5 trees and shrubs with beautiful bark. Check out our picks!
1. Paperbark Birch, Betula papyrifera
Glowy, white bark with dark brown/black lenticels.
2. Red Twig Dogwood, Cornus sericea
This red bark is so vivid it feels fake - especially up against a blanket of fresh snow.
3. American Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis
White bark + blue sky = glorious. Game of Thrones fans, walk with me - I'm convinced George R.R. Martin was inspired by sycamores (and copper beeches) when creating the majestic Weirwood tree. Thoughts?
4. Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica
Gorgeous, coppery goodness here.
5. Birchbark Cherry, Prunus serrula
Makes me think of old fashioned hard candy.