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Kentucky Color - Crepe Myrtle, Shedding It's Skin
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
Trees have skin, too. Of course we call tree skin, bark. As with many animals many trees shed their outside layer of skin, also. But not many do so as dramatically as some Crepe Myrtles.
The White Crepe Myrtle in my yard sheds it's skin each late summer and reveals a most righteous red bark.
I walk under this tree just about every day and enjoy the green and the white and the red while drinking in it's mild fragrance that lays softly upon the nasal palate similar to Honey Suckle.
However, the most intoxicating effect of this tree is not the look nor is it the smell but the feel. To lay the back of the hand upon the bark of this tree is to caress cool, surgical steel. I've yet to experience a feel in the plant kingdom as silky smooth as this one.
We all live in the forest and I would like to encourage each of you to get to know your neighbors, one tree at a time. - Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2013-08-25 00:04:12
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