Top 5 Trees + Shrubs With Beautiful Bark

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

Paperbark birch trees in autumn
Image Copyright : Kelly VanDellen

Glowy, white bark with dark brown/black lenticels.


2. Red Twig Dogwood, Cornus sericea

Red twig dogwood, winter interest, bark, cornus
Image via hppr.org, Skip Mancini

This red bark is so vivid it feels fake - especially up against a blanket of fresh snow.


3. American Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis

sycamore tree, bark, winter
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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

crape myrtle, lagerstroemia, bark
Image via gardenia.net

Gorgeous, coppery goodness here.


5. Birchbark Cherry, Prunus serrula

birchbark cherry tree, bark
Image via gardeningsite.com

Makes me think of old fashioned hard candy.