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Nature’s colors: Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta)

16/05/2012
Eucalyptus deglupta trees

Eucalyptus deglupta trees. Photo: Amelia.

If you want to spot a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree live and in all its glory, you’ll have to travel to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea or the Philippines, the tree’s only native places.
However, it has been introduced worldwide as an exotic wood in South America, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Chinaand other countries.

Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta)

Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta). Photo: Jeff Kubina.

This up to 70-m tall tree also shines in the colors of the rainbow: its bark can take on a yellow, green, orange and even purple shading!

Eucalyptus bark

Eucalyptus bark. Photo: carvalho.

Rainbow Eucalyptus trees are cultivated around the world mainly for pulpwood creation purposes.

Rainbow Eucalyptus Bark

Rainbow Eucalyptus Bark

Eucalyptus deglupta-base

Eucalyptus deglupta-base (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus, the Mindanao Gum, or the Rainbow Gum.
It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere.
Its natural distribution spans New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao.

The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree.
Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.

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