Weird: A Tree That Got All Its Bark Lightning'd Off

May 21, 2013


This is a shot of a tree that got all its bark zapped off in a lightning storm. Now it's just standing there all butt-ass naked. Will it survive? A quick Google search for "can a tree survive without bark?" proved inconclusive, and that's as far as my investigative reporting is going today. All this investigative journalism wears on a person, you know? "You're wearing a beer helmet." Right? It's been driving me to drink. And you know what? Now it's your job. Pick me up at four in time for happy hour.

Thanks to PYY, who tried to tell me it's actually the thunder that's the dangerous part.

  • wow! This is really informative and innovative concept I like this article a lot.

  • asdfasdf`

    the answer is no, in fact the easiest way to kill a tree is remove a 2 inch strip of bark all the way around the base

  • GreyGanado

    I like touching naked trees.

  • LittleBigFace

    From my basic understanding:
    A tree has all of its xylem and phloem in the bark. Remove a complete ring of bark and the tree dies. Deers are major culprits of doing this as they like to nibble on bark.

  • Conrado Parra

    a flayed tree holds no secrets

  • Jadis

    strange that it happened but beautiful! I hope it lives.

  • asdfasdf`

    :spoiler: google girdling a tree

    prognosis: grim to none(actually its definitely none)


    That tree probably looks just as weird to the other trees as a skinless human looks to us.

  • Totally, it's probably just dying of embarrassment.

  • asdfasdf`

    with about the survival odds..

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Now there's a tree with with the same name as my wiener : LIGHTNING WOOD!

  • Person

    Cause it's over so fast, right?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    It's more the capacity to undress the lady instantenously...

  • Guaca-emily

    It depends. the tree is more prone to infections and such without its bark, but it *can* survive for a while. It'll eventually regenerate new bark tissue if the cork cambium hasn't been ripped off too. Even if the cambium has been ripped off, it will still grow bark, but it will take a hella long time. That's if it doesn't succumb to infection, gets cut down, or dies over the winter first. Either way, it'll probs survive for at least a little while if the vascular cambium is still intact.

  • kristian

    Nice. Kudos for working hella and vascular cambium into the same comment.

  • Wooly Alot

    Thar ain't no cambium left on that tree. Tree is toast. T double-O Ass T.
    This pic is from a few days ago in Iowa, where it's Spring. In Spring, the xylem beneath the cambium is running heavily with sap and the cell walls are thin, so when the lighting zapped through tree searching for ground, it vaporized the sap causing an explosion that blew the bark off. All of the cambium is on the inside side of that bark, and the tree can not live without its cambium layer, where its nutrients are transported and bark is generated.
    If only half the bark were blown off, the tree would live, but only be able to transport half the life-juice it once did, and it would be begging you for a pity-party every Spring.

  • Mr.Gorha

    You seem to know enough to answer this...

    Is it safe then to assume that since the bark is missing, then so is the pholem, and so the tree will starve?

    However before this happens, the fact that the moisture from the tree is missing due to the lightning anyway makes me wonder if the cells/fires will have collapsed and the entire tree will either "collapse" in the seasoning sense or it will suffer case hardening and just be a pain in the arse to remove?

  • zin

    It looks like the culprit... was barking up the wrong tree.


  • lordpikachu


  • zin

    I know right?

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