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18 trees with beautiful bark

By: Networx Systems on Jan. 4, 2012, 5:07 p.m.
The Chinese parasol tree's green bark makes it stand out.

Photo: Melissa McMasters/flickr

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Chinese parasol

The Chinese parasol (Firmiana simplex) is a winter-hardy tree with an unusually smooth green bark. It grows well in zones 7 to 9 in average, medium moisture soil. The Chinese parasol will seed "somewhat aggressively" on its own, so keep an eye on it.