Eucalyptus deglupta: The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree


I found the name of the tree that I saw during my walk in the park last month! Do you remember the beautiful multi-colored bark of a tree that I showed you in this post? You 'memberrrr! (George Lopez anyone?) It's called Eucalyptus deglupta - also known as Rainbow Eucalyptus, Mindanao Gum, or Rainbow Gum!

These are the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees I spotted in my local park:

Wouldn't you know that during a completely unrelated Google image search I spot a photo of this tree!  I had never seen anything like this before, so ever since I marveled at it in the park that day, I have wondered about their name.  Naturally I could have Googled "rainbow tree bark" or something like that, but I didn't, and so I was meant to find out like this.  What a spectacular work of art, nature blows my mind all the time.  :) Give me a few acres full of these colorful beasts and a bunch of succulents and cacti and that's my nirvana!

So, you're probably wondering where the Rainbow Eucalyptus hails from and what causes its unique rainbow colored peeling bark?  Well, unlike many other trees with thick crusty barks, the Rainbow Eucalyptus has a smooth surface that sheds thin flaky layers.  Its bark is yellow, brown, and purple, but reveals various shades of green after flaking.  Eucalyptus deglupta is native to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.  It is a newcomer to the plantation species and, in terms of cultivation its "...earliest introductions were from indigenous stands that occur in the Cotabato area of Mindanao to other islands in the Philippines..."(source).  

This tree needs lots of overhead light and moisture to thrive - it loves a rainforest-like environment - and can grow in cool temperatures but won't survive a freeze.  Unlike other types of Eucalyptus trees that are mostly prevalent in Australia, this tree does not exude a scented oil in the form of sap - which is why Eucalyptus trees are commonly referred to as "gum trees."  Eucalyptus deglupta grows fast and tall, growing anywhere from 8-10 feet in one growing season, and reaching overall heights of up to 246 feet!  Yowza, I want hundreds so I can make myself a dense rainbow forest!


The Rainbow Eucalyptus eventually spread out from its native lands to Somoa, said to be a common sight on the Hawaiian islands, and has spread to all sorts of countries with warm climates, including southern parts of the United States.  Obviously, it's here in South Florida.  Through my searches I've also learned that there are many growing at the Miami Metro Zoo and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.  I have been to both, though not to the zoo very recently, and I never noticed this tree!  Anyway, bravo to the landscape designer who chose these trees for Miami Dade Parks - FANTASTIC!  Like I said, I want hundreds of them, hehehe...  I have already found an ad on Craigslist from someone in Miami selling $15 Rainbow Eucalyptus saplings!  It's on.

I also want to share this excerpt from an article I found online called Under The Rainbow by LariAnn Garner, I like her description of the bark and the tree as a living work of art:
"As the newly exposed bark slowly ages, it changes from bright green to a darker green, then bluish to purplish, and then pink-orange. Finally, the color becomes a brownish maroon right before exfoliation occurs. Since this process is happening in different zones of the trunk and in different stages, simultaneously, the colors are varied and almost constantly changing. As a result, the tree will never have the same color pattern twice, making it like a work of living art."
Of course, scroll on for lots of breathtaking images of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees... um, did I mention how much I want one? ;P
Catherine
xoxo

For more information visit:

Source for first image above: natureisthebestdesigner.com via salpalsd on Pinterest


Source: toptenz.net via Heather on Pinterest








Source: google.com via Joani on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Tracy on Pinterest




Source: trekearth.com via Jaime on Pinterest






(All images in this post are individually cited and sourced via Pinterest, except for the four small clustered images at the top of this post, which are my personal photographs.)

9 comments:

  1. O~M~G my jaw immediately dropped in awe of these spectacular photos. I have never seen this tree and understand your amazement (especially knowing the hippie in you ~ lol) I had never even heard of this rainbow tree but agree that it is a phenomenal work of living art. Thanks so much for sharing this cool find with us!
    Love
    Mom

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  2. I love it too! A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

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  3. Have NEVER seen anything like it---it is a Wonder!! Like you, I want one Too! To see a whole Forest of these trees would be breathtaking. If you find out where to get them ON-Line, please pass that on. Here in NC, it would be a challenge to grow, but worth the effort of bring it inside for Fall and Winter. Thank you for posting and doing the Research.

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  4. Oooh I'm glad you all love it as much as I do! I did find an online resource for this tree during my research, check it out:

    http://eucalyptusdeglupta.com/terms.htm

    xoxo
    Catherine

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  5. we were just in Hawaii and I have never seen anything so beautiful in nature. Thanks for sharing, I'm a new follower

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  6. Ah this is amazing! We have Gum Trees everywhere here in Aussie Land but I've never seen anything like this, a rainbow tree! Beautiful, just beautiful.

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  7. What an amazing and inspiring tree!!!. there are Euliptus in my country but not like this one!!. Thanks for sharing!!.
    Lovely lovely blog! I follow you!

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  8. No more Acid for me! (said the one who doesn't do Acid....)

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  9. many of these photos are extremely color enhanced......the real tree is so beautiful this effect is not required!!

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