Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the Rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or Rainbow gum. It might look like someone painted these trees by hand, but the only artist responsible for these living works of art, is Mother Nature.
This beautiful tree naturally bears many shades of colors like green, orange, purple, brown, pink and blue. What makes them even more special and truly unique is that no two trees have the same pattern.
photo by gcarvalho
The incredible looking Rainbow Eucalyptus is the only species of eucalyptus that grows in the northern hemisphere. It can grow to impressive heights, of up to 70 meters, and it is widely used in forestry for pulp, paper and timber, especially in tropical regions.
The colorful bark tends to outshine the tree’s flowers, which are very subtle and often go unnoticed. Up close, the flowers are pretty, white stamens with flowered clusters. One of the reasons the flowers are usually overlooked is because they are hard to see on such large, tall trees.
There are many other interesting facts regarding Rainbow Eucalyptus, but the obvious question arises: why does it look like it’s been painted?
The secret behind the Rainbow Eucalyptus is actually pretty simple. The trees shed multiple patches of bark every year, but not at the same time. As the patches are gone, the green inner bark is exposed, and, as it matures, every new patch first turns bluish, then orange, purple and maroon. This creates the rainbow effect that makes these trees so nice to look at.
photo by Allpe Engineering and Environment
Eucalyptus deglupta is one of the four species of Eucalyptus that are not endemic to Australia. Rainbow Eucalyptus has a distribution that extends from Papua New Guinea, through the islands of Indonesia, to the southern Philippines.