|MadSci Network: Botany|
Why does the bark on some trees like cherry or birch go horizontally (on newer branches for cherry). Often things are the way they are for a reason. If that's the case here, what's the reason? You see this on newer branches for cherry. On older branches the inner vertical bark seems to push through. Also, speaking of cherry, I notice that new branches can be dark cherry or copper-red. Is the thing that makes it red the same anthocyanin that makes the cherries red?
Re: Why some trees have bark or new bark that grows horizontally?
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