Science Photo of the Day #974

Science photo 974

Why is the bark on this plant peeling?

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charlottescience wrote on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:03:

It looks like something we have in Florida called a, "sun burn tree." Guess why!

Singinggirl wrote on Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:59:

Maybe new bark growing on the tree, so the tree kinda molts its bark?? Like a spider or a snake??

GSENM wrote on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:47:

Looks like an arbutus aka strawberry tree... to me, anyway. Native to the pacific northwest in north america ... washington, british columbia...

As carl would say... this some of things that molecules do ... :) they don't shed their leaves... they shed they're bark. Deer Repelent? Growth? Not sure why... just know it happens.

hudson wrote on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 22:24:

Me too

bphodnefield wrote on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:19:

Because of the air.

Tater101 wrote on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 16:22:

The bark is peeling because the tree is growing. Kinda like a snake. I think that's right.

Tiger-Tude wrote on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:06:

I agree, but I also think bugs are underneath, making the bark rot, and then peel.

budgysmom wrote on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 15:23:

I agree.