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Name:  Katie
Status:   student
Age:   15
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Around 1999  


Question:
When bark is on a tree is it dead or alive?



Replies:
Katie,

The outer bark is dead while the inner bark (cambium) is living tissue

http://www.caf.wvu.edu/bark/whatis.htm
http://www.caf.wvu.edu/bark/angiospe1.htm

Sincerely,
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.


Outer bark is dead, inner bark, just underneath the woody dead layer is alive and growing; a new layer is added every year from underneath as old layers die.

J. Elliott


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