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Did you guess the bark of a tree? If you did, you're right. (And if you didn't, that's ok, because we think it looks like army camouflage!). Many people think that all tree bark is dark brown and bumpy and ugly. Actually, most people don't pay attention to a tree's bark. But a lot of trees have really beautiful trunks and branches. This tree is called a lacebark pine because its bark is in delicate, lace-like patterns. Another one of our favorites is the crapemyrtle. Which one appeals to you more?

Crapemyrtle                                             Lacebark Pine
                                       Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia fauriei)                                                                             Lacebark Pine

Bonus fact:
Bark is a protective outer "skin" for trees. Usually it's thick and hard. On some trees, like the lacebark pine, it's very thin and peels off as the tree grows to reveal an inner bark that is very colorful. (On most trees the bark cracks and splits as the tree grows, but does not fall off.)

How to find the lacebark pine at the Arboretum:
Enter the Azalea Collections from the south off Azalea Road. The pine is in a box planter at the entrance to the Morrison Garden.

Scientific name for lacebark pine: Pinus bungeana

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