Such a great theme, I had a hard time narrowing down my choices but opted to go with something that grows from the earth A native Australian tree, the paper bark tree
I love how the bark slowly lifts in beautiful textural layers Unlike the hard scratchy bark of most trees the paperbark feels soft almost silky .
A part of the Melaleuca family the paperbark grows to around 15-20m tall & only grows in the warmer coastal areas from Sydney to Cape York. It has beautiful creamy white blossoms toward the end of summer & a small brown berry that looks like a gumnut
This one grows in my street & my children often stop to steal a piece of its beautiful bark when we walk by.
Do you have a paperbark in your neighbourhood?