Peeling Away the Secrets of Hickory Tree Bark
Like human skin, hickory tree (Carya spp.) bark changes as it ages. Hickory saplings’ smooth, light-colored bark darkens and furrows over time. On two hickory species, it eventually peels away like sunburned skin and attracts woodland creatures that help protect the trees from a seriously destructive pest. We hone in on hickory tree bark -- and what lies beneath it.