Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 09, 2020: Thank you for the comment, Jean. The rainbow eucalyptus may grow as much as three feet in a year. There are some drawbacks to growing the trees. More research needs to be performed in relation to its possible benefits, however. The colorful bark of the rainbow eucalyptus – photo credit carvalho Lee thinks that the process is a way to prevent other organisms from growing on the tree’s trunk. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2015: Thank you for the visit and the comment, lyoness913. If they're used as an ornamental tree, they should be planted in an area where their trunks will remain visible and where there is plenty of room for them to spread up and out as they grow. Very interesting, and I certainly hope to get to see this tree live one day. Thanks once again for piquing my curiosity and answering so many questions. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 19, 2019: Larry Slawson from North Carolina on March 19, 2019: Wow! Answer: Unfortunately, the information is not consistent. Hi, Shades-of-truth. While its height is impressive, it's really the tree's multicolor bark that makes it stand out. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 06, 2015: Thanks, Flourish. Slowly, over time, different layers fall off, while other exposed areas have already begun aging. Will share here and on my "Tree" Pin board. I appreciate your visit and the beautiful angels that you send. I learned something new today. I watched the interesting video. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 05, 2015: Thank you very much for the lovely comment and for the vote and share, Patricia. Jeff Kubina, via flickr, CC BY-SA-SA 2.0 License. This defense system helps the tree grow strong quickly, and the colors are a fortunate side effect for those of us with sight. I guess in some places people are used to the colours and also need to make money. I would love to have one of these. The trunk periodically sheds a strip of bark, revealing a green layer underneath. What about the habitat? The mature tree may reach a height of 100 to a 150 feet in its native habitat—or even taller—but only 60 to 80 feet in other areas. Voted this one UP,etc. They are certainly unusual! Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate the congratulations! Professor David Lee is a botany professor at Florida International University who has explored the production of colour in plants. whonu. It looks like someone splashed paint on it. What a beautiful tree! ologsinquito from USA on February 01, 2015: That tree shown in the video is amazing. If there’s room in a garden, it’s better to allow some extra space in case the tree becomes large, and its roots spread a long distance from the trunk. So unusual and pretty at the same time. Thank you very much for the kind comment. It's also cultivated for the production of paper from its wood. Growing one would indeed be worthwhile. When a large number of trees grow near each other, the evaporated oil sometimes forms a mist in the air. I'm back to say Congratulations about HOTD! The bark of the tree can have beautiful colours, but the inner wood is much like that of other trees and is white in colour. Thank you for sharing Linda! Check out the exclusive rewards, here. Question: I have two rainbow eucalyptus trees, about 4' in height. Audrey Howitt from California on May 08, 2015: Wow! In fact, Eucalyptus deglupta is so colorful that it's known as the rainbow eucalyptus. My question is my trees arrived green with green leaves but now the bark and the leaves are a red color. Besarien from South Florida on April 20, 2015: The colors are stunning! Want to advertise with us? For them, the novelty and potential beauty of the tree makes having one on their property very worthwhile. I appreciate your visit. Over time, this ages into different colors—blue, purple, orange, and maroon. Thank you very much for the comment, stevbonhage. The combination of different amounts and kinds of tannins and a reduction in the amount of the underlying chlorophyll may be responsible for the varying colours seen on the trunk of the rainbow eucalyptus. Gorgeous article! It would certainly be lovely to have a rainbow eucalyptus tree in a garden, as long as the garden was big enough! Alicia, although I've commented on this hub awhile back, I wanted to congratulate you for the HOTD, too! When the bud is ready to open, the stamens expand, pushing the operculum off the top of the capsule. It's been introduced to Hawaii, Florida and California and also grows naturally in countries near Australia, so you may not have to travel far to find a tree. Visit My Modern Met Media. Congrats on HOTD! Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on February 15, 2015: I found this both remarkable and filled with much knowledge. Rainbow eucalyptus trees differ in the amount and types of colour that they display, but they are all beautiful. Answer: Yes, as I mention in the article, rainbow eucalyptus produces fruits known as gum nuts or gumnuts. A lovely side effect of this process is the changing colour of the trunk. In addition to being used as a medicine, the oil is used as an insecticide and a fragrance component. Congrats on this HOTD that is very well written and has beautiful pictures! This process makes for a spectacular visual, with the rainbow eucalyptus looking like it could be pulled from Alice in Wonderland. Photo: Stock Photos from Danita Delmont/Shutterstock. The Missouri Botanical Garden says the tree grows best in zones 10 to 11. The rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta),also known as the Mindanao gum or rainbow gum, is a tall, broad-leaved evergreen tree which grows up to a height of around 200 feet in its native habitats. It's a beautiful tree. Thanks :). The plants are native to Australia, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Thank you very much, Susan. They can be messy because they frequently shed strips from their bark. I can see why people would want them. They make much less oil than the leaves of some other species of eucalyptus, however, and aren't used for the commercial production of the oil. I appreciate your comment and congratulations very much. The colorful striations are created due to the fact that the tree doesn't shed all at once. Alun. Photo: Stock Photos from Sean D. Thomas/Shutterstock, Photo: Stock Photos from A. Michael Brown/Shutterstock, Photo: Stock Photos from Martina Roth/Shutterstock, Photo: Stock Photos from Ilya Images/Shutterstock, This Giant “Corpse” Flower Found in Indonesia Is the World’s Largest Bloom, Research Shows the Incredible Way Trees Help Each Other Survive in the Forest, 700-Year-Old Dying Banyan Tree Is Being Revived With an IV Drip, This Strange Plant Has Flowers with Petals Shaped Like Hummingbirds. Their widespread roots may damage buildings and roads. I love the smell of eucalyptus, too! They release a pleasant scent when crushed. All eucalyptus trees and shrubs belong to the genus Eucalyptus, which is in the myrtle family, or the Myrtaceae. An up vote from me. Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 30, 2015: I think this is a gorgeous tree. I still have this tree listed on my "keep an eye out to find" list. Based on a brief investigation, he has come up with a tentative theory to explain the colour change in the rainbow eucalyptus tree trunk. whonu. Thanks, DLeighAlexander. Question: Can rainbow eucalyptus grow in zones 8b and 9a? I hope to see it in person someday. Question: I live in a USDA zone 9. This gives the trunk a colorful, ever-changing look, shown above . I still loved this hub. An Unusual and Attractive Tree. Eucalyptus tereticornis with leaves, flower buds, capsules, flowers, and fruits, Eyhel Aardvark, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. I have read that it’s considered to be invasive in some parts of the United States. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 07, 2015: Thank you very much, Kristen. As the rainbow eucalyptus sheds, it first reveals a bright green inner bark. I appreciate them all. On some trees, the colours are so vibrant and rich that they look artificial. I would love to own on for a lot of reasons, but one of the best would be to let it inspire me to write children's stores. I hope you do eventually get to see a tree in real life! Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2015: This is another awesome tree. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 04, 2015: You're very welcome. Slowly, over time, different layers fall off, while other exposed areas have already begun aging. That is so cool. The tree produces white flowers and has moderately wide, evergreen leaves. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 30, 2015: Hi, Pamela. The trees grow best in full sunlight and moist soil. Not a lot info about that. Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Are the rings of a rainbow why is the rainbow eucalyptus tree colorful attract a lot of space other exposed areas have already,... 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