The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Science - the Vegetable Kingdom
Chapter: Chapter 6: Plant Physiology

Functions of tree bark

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1065. 'The immediate functions of the bark' says Dr. Lindley, 'are to protect the young wood from injury, and to serve as a filter through which the descending elaborated juices of a plant may pass horizontally into the stem, or downwards into the root.' (Ibid. p. 32.)