The marvel of nature is never-ending. This striking beauty is one such creation of nature that makes us gasp in amusement. Rainbow Eucalyptus or Eucalyptus deglupta is unique because it sheds its bark at different times resulting in a rainbow effect on the truck.
Its scientific name “Eucalyptus deglupta” meaning “to peel off” is well suited as it enunciates the cause of the uniqueness of the tree. Rainbow eucalyptus sheds patches of the bark revealing a neon green inner layer. As this newly revealed layer is laid open in the air, it begins aging giving blue, purple, orange, and maroon at last. This process continues with time sowing the seeds of a wonderful spectacle.
Image Credits – Gerold Grotelueschen
Distribution and Habitat
Also known as the Mindanao gum or rainbow gum, this tree is native to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. It is the only Eucalyptus tree that thrives in the Northern Hemisphere. What’s more, it’s one of the four out of 700 species of Eucalyptus that grows in the Australian climate.
It’s not just its beauty that makes it special. The rainbow eucalyptus is capable of secreting a certain compound that acts as a growth promoter for the neighboring plants. If used for draining swamps, it can reduce the chances of malaria. Its thin layers of bark are a fount for pulpwood, the main ingredient in producing white paper.
It is a fast-growing tree that can reach up to 100 to 150 feet in height and 6 to 8 feet in diameter. Like other eucalyptus species, this tree produces white flowers and evergreen leaves. But, it does not produce as much aromatic oil as the other species.
Well, who could blame them? It already does a wonderful job in pleasing our optic part of the brain.