Wednesday 28 October 2015

Birch Bark in Transition

    One of the most characteristic traits of a birch tree is its whitish colored bark.  Birches are pretty common here in the Interior of British Columbia, and when I started paying attention to what I was seeing out in the bush, I noticed that I never saw a young sapling with white bark.  I soon realized that the reason for that was that as a young tree, birches have dark reddish brown bark.  It is not until adolescence that the dark bark peels off and is replaced with the whitish bark.
    I noticed this birch growing on the dam of my pond in transition and thought it showed the process fairly well.  Its trunk is about 2.5 inches (6.35cm) in diameter.

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