As you know, I wanted to get something intriguing for this week’s puzzler from the NW Flower and Garden Show. Alas, there was nothing that jumped out at me, so I’m digging into my photo archives.
Here is a recent photo from a parking lot tree. About four feet up the trunk, I found this interesting growth. No, I don’t know what the tree species is because (a) it wasn’t in leaf and (b) I’m a taxonomy klutz. But I can assure you that the odd bark morphology has nothing to do with genetic identity.
I can also assure you that there is no foreign material under the bark that’s causing this phenomenon. The question: what DID cause it?
The answer – and a revealing photo – on Monday!