Peeling Bark on Tree

Sun Nov 14 06:33:47 EST 1999

As the tree increases in diameter growth occurs at the vascular cambium 
located where the wood and bark meet. Because the growth is internal, 
everything external to the cambium must expand to provide additional room. In 
many trees the bark develops cracks. In Sycamore, as you note, the tree seems 
to shed its bark. I guess the analogy is to a snake shedding its skin or a 
crab / lobster molting and shedding its shell.

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