Skin Show

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It’s that month of the year when some trees shed their skins (bark) while taking a new one. An annual affair, its shedding the skin which has witnessed and faced the elements. Rough, hard and no more smooth.
If you see bark covering the wood after the old bark peels away, the tree is probably undergoing a normal shedding process. As a tree grows, the layer of bark thickens and the old, dead bark falls off. It may crumble away slowly so that you hardly notice it, but some types of trees have a more dramatic shedding process that may be alarming until you realize that it is perfectly normal.
awlaWhether the tree is going through a normal shedding process or if injury or disease is causing the problem you need to check. The guava and awla tree here are going through normal shedding process.
guavaThe most common cause of tree bark loss is that it is growing out of its skin, which must be shed to allow its trunk to enlarge. A tree grows by forming a new layer of fibrous tissues deep within its core. As it grows from the inside, its outer layers expand, and it sheds its old bark to make way for the new. The bark on a young tree is generally smooth and flexible and can withstand the inner growth without much effect. Old bark, however, is dry and has lost much of its elasticity, causing it to crack and split as the tree grows.
Certain species of trees shed their bark in curled strips that expose the inner layer, called the cambrium, to the elements.

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