Come Bark Up Our Tree

The flowers have faded and the leaves have fallen, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything of interest left to see in the garden. Many of the plants whose flowers and leaves had you in awe earlier in the season, have now lost them to reveal their colorful and variously textured bark.

Incense Cedar    Calocedrus decurrens

As this handsome tree matures, its now flaky bark becomes thick and deeply furrowed.



Fringe Tree    Chionanthus virginicus

The delicate, curled bark was once used by Native Americans to treat skin conditions.



Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany    Cercocarpus ledifolius

In nature, deer eat the leaves and young branches, exposing this beautiful silvery bark.



Red Osier Dogwood    Cornus sericea

The brilliant red twigs add striking color to Utah's winter landscape.



Columnar Scotch Pine    Pinus sylvestris 'Fastigiata'

The light, multicolored bark of Scotch Pines provide a visual accent to its dark needles.



Blireana Plum    Prunus x blireana

These burls add an interesting, bubbly texture to the trunk of this tree.

The swirled and twisted grain of burl wood is very dense and resistant to splitting, which make burls highly valued in woodworking, often turned into bowls, mallets and mauls.



Korean Mountain Ash    Sorbus alnifolia

With age, the smooth bark becomes covered with distinguishing t-shaped markings .



This is just a handful of the many trees and shrubs at Red Butte with attractive, interesting, and often overlooked bark. Come see for yourself how diverse and unique each of them truly are.



Photos by Jason Baker


HOURS
Jan 2-Mar 31: 9 am-5 pm
April 1-30: 9 am-7:30pm
May 1-Aug 31: 9 am-9 pm*
Sept 1-30: 9 am-7:30 pm*
Oct 1-Dec 23: 9 am-5 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Dec 24-Jan 1

*Days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, hours are 9 am-5 pm.

Only Service Animals are allowed in the Garden

GENERAL ADMISSION

Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $10
Seniors (ages 65+): $8
Military w/ID: $8
Children (ages 3-17): $6
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $8
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February

CONTACT
(801)585-0556

LOCATION
300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
How to Get Here

XMission

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