Mid-summer is the time when
large flakes of bark explode off Sycamore trees.
The eastern Sycamore thrives throughout Missouri,
especially on river banks and wet boggy soils.
It is one of our largest and long-lived trees
with 200 year old specimens not uncommon.
The mottled sheets of Sycamore bark
pop off the trunk and branches
as the tree grows and expands.
The bark is tough and hard, with beautiful designs,
and unable to expand as the tree grows.
So pieces of "bark art" fall to the ground.
(Nice wallpaper design, if you ask me!)