Thursday, October 9, 2008


Molly, I think madrones might be the tree you are thinking of. One of my favorite parts of Northern California. I also love manzanitas and their peely red bark.

Imade from the town of Fairfax, California.


Molly said...

boy, does time have a way of moving along too quickly-- thanks, spsq and sorry for the delay in my reply!
The picture looks like the tree I remember seeing in my trip! It had a smooth bark, kind of like what my grandma calls "ironwood" in upstate New York, but I have no idea if that is the correct name or even how common that tree is.

Sparkling Squirrel said...

"Peely" isn't the right word. The barks peels off leaving an underbark that is smooth and sinewy (like musclewood and ironwood, but red). The leaves are a little grayer than most and are dry deciduous, so can persist through the winter. They are wonderful trees and a major part of the landscape of northern CA and dry parts of southern Oregon.