The Snakebark tree

Bark of the Red Snakebark Maple, Riverside Close, Bridge. Image © Copyright BridgeNature.org 2016.

How many people in Bridge have ever seen a Snakebark Tree? Well actually rather more than one might assume, because we have one here in Bridge.

The tree, actually called a ‘Red Snakebark Maple’, is so called because, as one might guess, the bark grows to resemble the beautiful patterning of snakeskin.

Although a native of Japan, our particular tree resides in Riverside, next to a pavement. It was planted there a few years ago because a landscape architect knew that it would provide pleasant greens in the summer and exotic colours in the Autumn.

Leaf of the Red Snakebark Maple. Image © Copyright BridgeNature.org 2016.

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