As you walk through the orchard, you might notice that many of our trees have white paint covering their trunks. Why the paint? To prevent sunburn! Painting the trunks of fruit trees, especially our younger trees, with white latex paint acts like sunscreen in the winter. During especially cold, clear winter days tree bark is exposed to direct sunlight combined with the bright reflection of the sun off snow. Whitewashing our trunks also prevents the bark from splitting and cracking, preventing the entry of pests and disease.