What a beautiful tree, never seen anything like it, just amazing. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 06, 2015: Thanks, Flourish. 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. If many are red while the leaves of your friend's trees are still green, you should probably consult an arborist (a tree specialist) in your area to discover the cause. I hope to get a HOTD someday, when you'll return the favor. Great article. It looks like someone splashed paint on it. I agree - the bark does sometimes look like an abstract painting. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. Question: Are the rings of a cross section colorful as well? The trees grow best in full sunlight and moist soil. ziyena from the United States on October 09, 2018: Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 26, 2018: That's an interesting way to describe the colour pattern on some of the trunks! Voted up! The leaves contain glands that produce an aromatic oil. Question: I live in a USDA zone 9. Thanks for introducing it to me. Question: I have two rainbow eucalyptus trees, about 4' in height. Also known as the Mindanao gum or rainbow gum, the rainbow eucalyptus is a tall tree that is unique in that it's the only eucalyptus to live in the rainforest and only one of four species found outside of Australia. I never saw a tree with a trunk so beautifully colored. I'm sure I would have photographed it if I had! Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 04, 2015: Congratulations on the HOTD! The name "eucalyptus" comes from two Greek words—"eu", which means well, and "calyptos", which means covered. I live near San Antonio. How unfortunate that they're simply harvested for paper. But I want to see some real ones. Thanks for the heads up. What a beautiful tree! Great article. Thank you, Tricia. They can also reach a large size and take up a lot of space. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden reference, it's winter hardy to USDA zones 10-11 and does best in full sun and in a medium to wet, rich soil. Slowly, over time, different layers fall off, while other exposed areas have already begun aging. Rumour says that koalas sleep so much due to the influence of the leaves' oil in their diet. We're used to beautiful colours in the flowers and fruits of trees and in their autumn leaves, but a coloured trunk is an oddity. Thank you very much for the comment and the congratulations, colorfulone! Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2015: Thank you for the visit and the comment, lyoness913. Spectacular...thanks for the introduction, Angels are on the way to you this evening ps. The flower buds take the form of a capsule containing the stamens and pistil. They release a pleasant scent when crushed. Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 09, 2015: Great hub about the Rainbow Eucalyptus. The fruits are often known as gum nuts (or gumnuts). Answer: The rainbow eucalyptus has a spread of up to 125 feet, so it should be planted at least 60 feet away from a building to allow for this spread. whonu. The rainbow eucalyptus is an unusual tree with a beautiful trunk. I appreciate your visit. I have not been to Hawaii, but my husband has. People who would like to grow the tree should be aware that the colours are often much less intense when the tree is growing outside its native habitat. I have read that it’s considered to be invasive in some parts of the United States. What a shame they wouldn't grow here - too cold. Photo: Stock Photos from Danita Delmont/Shutterstock. It's certainly beautiful. We’re also on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Flipboard. Congrats on this HOTD that is very well written and has beautiful pictures! Well done my friend. Nature sure has its surprises. Boy, talk about tiny seeds!! The rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is native to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Eucalyptus leaves are leathery and hang from the branches. Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. This makes for a spectacle that is unforgettable. Growing one would indeed be worthwhile. Are red leaves typical of the Rainbow Eucalyptus? Professor David Lee is a botany professor at Florida International University who has explored the production of colour in plants. Someone who wants to grow a tree should look at the colours that tend to develop in their part of the world, either in real-life specimens or in photos. The previous season’s bark peels off in strips to reveal a brightly colored new bark below. I like the ones with the palers colours, too. This process means that no two rainbow eucalyptus trees look the same. Newly exposed, the bark starts as bright green, and as it ages, it turns to dark green, blue, purple, pink-orange, and finally red-brown before peeling off in strips to reveal fresh green underneath. The smooth, orange tinted trunk bark peels off in summer, revealing a plethora of colors in the new bark layer, symbolizin… I don't think I've ever seen it here in Australia. Thank you very much for the comment, stevbonhage. They can be messy because they frequently shed strips from their bark. You would have to contact your local authorities to find out. I appreciate your visit and the beautiful angels that you send. Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2015: This is another awesome tree. I think they're so pretty. I can see why people would want them. 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