Friday puzzlement

On a recent spring day, I photographed this Medusa-like structure:

But rather than snakes, these are branches – and they are typical of a particular type of tree commonly used in landscapes.  What is it?

Answer and fun facts on Monday!

6 thoughts on “Friday puzzlement”

  1. I wanted to say Contorted Filbert, but the bark looks too green. The pattern of the bark says to me OAK. Is it a contorted oak?

  2. It looks like a shot from the underside of a standard weeper, and although I’ve never seen the bark quite so green, it might well be a weeping crab. What looks like a little white flower in the picture leads me to think that.

  3. Elizabeth I agree. I originally thought “contorted filbert” but the shade of the bark threw me through a loop.

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