On a beautiful sunny day with some drizzling, we can expect to see a nice, colorful rainbow. It is probably the only natural thing we can think when it comes to seeing multiple colors in one place. What if I told you that you can also see the same colors on a tree? I was as surprised as pleased to have stumbled upon this. Rainbow Eucalyptus trees are these colorful trees that is so beautiful to look at.
Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees
This colorful tree is called the Rainbow Eucalyptus, Rainbow Gum or Mindanao Gum. This is the only species of Eucalyptus trees found in the northern hemisphere. Rainbow Eucalyptus’ origin spans from Philippines (Mindanao island), New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram and Sulawesi. However, now these Eucalyptus trees are cultivated widely around the world including Hawaiian islands, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. These colorful trees grow best in tropical countries near freshwater lakes and ponds.
Rainbow Eucalyptus trees grow rapidly about 5 to 8 feet per year. These can grow up to about 75 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. The trunk shines in the colors of the rainbow (yellow, green, orange and even purple). It is amazing how these Eucalyptus trees get its color. Patches of bark shedding is causing the vibrant colors of these trees, hence the name Rainbow Trees. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing the bright-green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and finally, maroon tones.
Rainbow trees are used mainly for pulpwood in making paper. It is also used for ornamental and aesthetic purposes thanks to its multi-color streaks that cover the trunk. However, Rainbow Eucalyptus trees don’t emit the same fragrant aroma that characterizes other Eucalypts though its outer beauty sure makes up for it.
Be sure to take the time to go see these beautiful rainbow Eucalyptus trees, if you ever travel to one of the counties its available.