When you think of or take a look at most trees, chances are you'll see different shades of brown and green. Turns out though that not all trees look like that. Meet the rainbow eucalyptus tree. Also known as eucalyptus deglupta, Mindanao gum trees, and rainbow trees.
Found in most tropical climates like the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, you're sure to be amazed when you take one look at this beautiful tree. Rainbow eucalyptus trees survive best in hot climates with full sun as well as plenty of rainfall. And while traveling to the Philippines, Indonesia, or Papa New Guinea might not be on everyone's list of places to travel, there are a few places in the United States where you can see this rainbow tree.
Try taking a trip to Hawaii and stop in places like Maui or Oahu where you can spot some. If that's too far, certain parts of California, Texas, and Florida have these amazing trees. You might be able to find them at certain nature parks and botanical gardens as well.
Known for its colorful outer bark, fragrant leaves, and height (up to 250 feet!), rainbow eucalyptus trees are truly one of a kind. Even though they look like something out of a magical land or fairy tale, this species of eucalyptus trees are fast-growing-trees that will definitely make you want to snap a few pictures or take a couple of selfies.
So, how does this colorful tree become colorful? I will tell you that there is no paint involved! As some of the bark peels and sheds, it first reveals a bright green inner bark. Over time, it darkens and ages into different colors like shades of blue, purple, orange, and maroon. Since the outer bark doesn't shed all at once, parts of the tree will change into different colors at different times. Pretty interesting, right?
Of course, the rainbow eucalyptus tree is known for its stunning appearance and beauty, but it's also a great source of pulpwood, which is used for making paper. So, that next piece of white paper you use might just be from a rainbow eucalyptus tree.
Have you been lucky enough to stand near one of these colorful, tall trees? If not, maybe it's time to take a trip to a warmer climate to experience all the beauty of these amazing trees.
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