This is crepe myrtle bark shedding.
Most folks correctly guessed this was some sort of tree bark – and they were ALL correct.
This bark is from one of the crepe myrtle trees at the Frog & PenguINN. We planted a row of these from cuttings that friends gave us when we relocated here. We just stuck them in the dirt and watered them. Some neighbors actually laughed out loud and said, “those things won’t grow.”
GROW they did – and here’s PROOF.
Crepe myrtle trees are Southern favorites requiring full sun; they are drought-tolerant once established. While some can be found as far north as Baltimore, Maryland, they fare suited in warmer regions. There are various spellings of the name – crepe myrtle, crape myrtle or crapemyrtle. The fall foliage of these trees is very colorful when they display bright yellows and deep red leaves. Ours looked like this last autumn. Crepe myrtles are deciduous, which means that they lose all their leaves seasonally; so in winter these trees are totally bare.