Mother Nature sure chose to show her artistic side with this creation of pure beauty.
Technically speaking, the species is called the Eucalyptus Deglupta, but it’s more commonly known by it’s nickname: The Rainbow Eucalyptus.
This species thrives in tropical forests that get a lot of rain and can be found in parts of the Philippines, New Guinea, Indonesia and frost-free climates of Hawaii, California, Texas and Florida. However, the trees that grow in the United States are usually only 100- to 125-feet-tall, which is about half of the height of those grown in tropical forests.
Here is a closer look at the bark of this magnificent tree:
Eucalyptus deglupta is commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus because of its unique way of shedding its bark. Once shed, the inner bark that is revealed is bright green, but eventually matures to blue, purple, orange, and eventually maroon. The rainbow eucalyptus does not shed its bark all at once, but in sections throughout the year, allowing for the amazing rainbow effect.
Some people can’t believe their eyes when they first spot these trees.
“Who painted the bark?” was the first reaction of Brett Summerell, the chief botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
“Certainly it has the most colourful bark and trunk of all eucalyptus species making it unique in that respect,” Brett says.
“It starts off as a bright green when first exposed, and then turns to red, orange and purple tones and then to brown as the bark matures – this is then shed and the process starts again,” Brett explains.
“This process isn’t unusual– the forest red gum, spotted gum and others do it too – it’s just that the colour changes are way outside the norm seen for eucalypts.”
Brett and his team have successfully planted a rainbow eucalyptus in Australia, but he says the bark colors are not as pronounced outside its natural habitat.
Unfortunately, its natural habitat (South-East Asia) is being threatened by logging and use for firewood.
It would be a wonderful thing to see more of these trees in the wild, not just for their incredible beauty, but for ecological reasons as well.