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A Tree Trunk - Identifying It Through Color And Texture

The tree trunk is the foundation. There are many different sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Learning to identify some basic trees is a great educational lesson for a classroom, home activity, or any organization. Teaching others as well as yourself about a natural habitat allows everyone to get in tune with the environment. This is also a great lesson in understanding different plant families, and what grows in your geographic area.

There are a variety of different options you have to incorporate this topic into a lesson plan. Do a field study, organizational project, or even a great family outing into nature.

Teaching children about wood and how it is incorporated from the outside as a tree, into different furniture and other accents in an interior, is a great extension to this lesson. Children broaden their knowledge, creating the idea of how furniture and accents for their living space is made. Any age group can identify trees, and there are a number of different ways you can accomplish this.

Tree Trunk - Three Rough Barks


Trunk Of Maple Tree


Oak Tree Trunk


Dogwood Trunk

Many younger children learn through their senses of sight and touch. Actually seeing the different tree trunks and allowing the children to touch each specie will give them a real sense of each individual plant.

Take pictures and have the children write papers on certain trees. Divide the students up into groups and have each group pick a particular tree and do reports so the entire class can learn about the different specimens.

Non-profit organizations can do this type of identification project to increase the awareness of the different trees in your area. This is also a great way to investigate possible endangered species. Consider planting a few more of some popular trees in your region and make this a community project. The first three are very popular trees throughout different regions.

The Maple has many varieties and is known for its brown color tones as well as ridges in the trunk. Of course the Maple is also famous for tapping the tree and making delicious Maple syrup. The vibrant colored leaves in the fall puts the Maple in a class of its own.

The Oak features black and brown tones. The Live Oak, White, Red and Willow are just a few varieties. Oaks are slow growers but they are also a great tree to observe the changes of the colors in the bark through its maturity.

The Dogwood produces a mass of white or pink blossoms in the springtime. The trunk has gray, black and brown tones. As the tree ages, you will begin to see more distinct colors.

Three Smooth Barks

Crepe Myrtle

Trunk Crepe Myrtle


Trunk Of Eucalyptus

Carolina Sapphire

Carolina Sapphire Trunk

The Crepe Myrtle is especially popular in the southern United States. There are many different varieties that provide a range of colored flowers. The Crepe Myrtle can have multi-trunks, and its bark is eye catching with its smooth texture. This tree is full of blossoms in the summer through the early fall.

The Eucalyptus leaves and tree trunk is famous in Australia, but will also grow in many different regions. The tree trunk bark is somewhat smooth and there is actually a tint of red in the bark.

The Carolina Sapphire or Arizona Cypress has a smooth surface once the bark falls off. Over the years, the colors change in the trunk. It can go from brown tones to a little reddish color. The bark starts off smooth, and can become a little more rough in certain spots. The Carolina Sapphire is a great example of different texture compared to an Oak or Maple.

Big Trees With Different Trunks

Cryptomeria Trunk Pine Tree Trunk Trunk Of Sweetgum Bradford Pear Trunk

The Cryptomeria on the left represents two tones of brown and also has a distinct pattern running throughout the entire tree trunk. The Cryptomeria is a great evergreen and privacy tree.

The Pine trunk in the left-middle is one of the most well known trees trees across the globe. Notice in this photo there is some sap on the tree. The Pine is notorious for producing sap and is considered a soft wood. The bark of the tree is rough and has black and brown color tones. The pine is noted for its needles and providing us with an option of using to retain water around plants.

The Sweetgum has a distinct bark as it resembles puzzle pieces and seems to be in a set pattern. The two tone brown allows this tree to blend in with other species. The Sweetgum has its drawback with the gum balls that drop off during the fall and winter months. These gum balls can be a nuisance to walk on.

The Bradford Pear has gray, black and even a hint of blue in the trunk. This is a tall tree and in Spring has a large mass of gorgeous white flowers lasting a couple of weeks. The drawback of the tree in the southern United States is when an ice storm occurs, the Bradford Pear branches become bogged down with ice and they tend to snap easily. I always recommend to clients not to plant the Bradford too close to their home. It's the final tree to lose its leaves, and one of the first to bloom in the springtime.

Take the time to plan a field trip or do a special project to enhance not only education of plant specimens, but to identify the beauty of each different tree trunk.

Herbee and I hope this page on the tree trunk will help you in thinking about different ways you can use your natural surroundings to teach and educate people of all ages.

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