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Impressionistic... the colorful and exotic Rainbow Eucalyptus

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.

 

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 their 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 maroon tones, each color showing its aging process.

 

Rainbow Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus deglupta

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

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Taken on January 1, 2012