Few people recognize Chittamwood. I once tried to identify a tree by telephone for a rancher. He said it was thorny and had rusty red bark where cattle had rubbed against it. By a process of elimination I suggested it might be Chittamwood, and when I saw it a few weeks later while working on a poisonous plant problem on his ranch, I found out I had guessed correctly.
Chittamwood is a small size tree that can form thickets several hundred feet across. The bark of young Chittamwood is a smooth grey, or a splotchy grey before it takes on the thin cracking and reddish brown bark of old age. Rubbing off the outer layer reveals a rusty red layer beneath, often seen where deer have rubbed their antlers, probably one of the most preferred trees for this activity.Add a comment