Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Eucalyptus) hails from the rainforests of Mindanao, which is the southernmost and easternmost island in the Philippine island group. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on February 15, 2015: I found this both remarkable and filled with much knowledge. Hi, RoadMonkey. It would be wonderful if a rainbow eucalyptus could grow as a bonsai tree! Thanks :). Although the leaves do smell when crushed, the tree does not release the typical eucalyptus smell into the air around it. I just learned something new. Although this is only about half the height it can reach in its native range, it is still a massive tree. Eucalyptus deglupta is a huge evergreen tree that may attain a Trunk makes up 50 to 70% of the tree height, about 250 cm diameter, with buttresses 3 to 4 meters high. 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. RAINBOW EUCALYPTUS or RAINBOW GUM a.k.a.......BAGRAS. Rainbow eucalyptus is an evergreen tree that has spear-shape, silvery-green leaves, and clusters of tiny white flowers. FlourishAnyway from USA on February 06, 2015: Great hub! Here are a few things you should know before you rush out to buy one of these outstanding beauties. Rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is the only eucalyptus tree indigenous to the northern hemisphere. I don't think I've ever seen it here in Australia. My question is my trees arrived green with green leaves but now the bark and the leaves are a red color. Oct 16, 2016 - The world's most colorful forest of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees is on the Philippines island of Mindanao. They can be messy because they frequently shed strips from their bark. Thank you. 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. Alun. I hope to see it in person someday. Some places have small areas with a microclimate that is warmer than the hardiness zone data for the area indicates, which is something else to consider. The highway is famous for having over 600 curves and over 50 bridges, many of them with only one lane. Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 09, 2015: Great hub about the Rainbow Eucalyptus. The scientific name of the plant is Eucalyptus Deglupta, coined by Carl Ludwig Blume.It is a tall, majestic tree with a kaleidoscopic trunk, and is native to the Philippines… Fast-growing, Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Gum) is a large evergreen tree noted for its incredibly colorful bark. […] 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. Learn all about rainbow trees. It is best known for its smooth bark that exfoliates in summer, revealing spectacular, multi-colored bark to which it owes its name. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Answer: The tree requires a zone 10 or 11 environment, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. 40 feet may be okay, but it’s a little risky. For the purpose of cultivation, the tree has been introduced into many other countries like th… Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 30, 2015: I think this is a gorgeous tree. They smelled so good too! Aug 22, 2013 - Rainbow eucalyptus from the Philippines. share. Oct 28, 2013 - Rainbow eucalyptus trees from the Philippines Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 01, 2015: I agree, poetryman6969 - it's a lovely photo of a particularly colourful tree. The plants are native to Australia, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Eucalyptusdegluptahas a HPWRA (Hawaii Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 2 (Low Ris… 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! Gosh, what a pretty tree. It is suitable for U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and higher. Watch this video from Tech Insider that shows that “there’s a naturally occurring rainbow tree in the Philippines.” We did a little research, and apparently, the tree is called Eucalyptus deglupta, which is also known as the rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or rainbow gum. In addition, a variety of new colours are produced. Its natural distribution spans New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao. I live near San Antonio. It can cause property damage as its raised roots break up sidewalks, damage foundations and raise small structures, such as sheds. I have not been to Hawaii, but my husband has. I've never travelled along the highway, but it's said to have other attractions besides the rainbow eucalyptus trees, including waterfalls. It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. Although the tree’s color isn’t as intense outside its native range, rainbow eucalyptus bark color makes it one of the most amazingly colorful trees you can grow. The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is a naturally colourful tree that comes from the Philippines. The rainbow effect is created as the bark peels off throughout each season, revealing the fresh, bright-green bark below. The appearance of the bark of the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is amazing, almost cartoonish with its vibrant coloring. It is native to Philippines but has been introduced and grows well in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Britain, and Hawaiʻi. The most outstanding feature of a rainbow eucalyptus tree is its bark. The rainbow gum tree is the only type of eucalyptus tree that grows natively in the northern hemisphere and is the only eucalyptus tree that grows in a rainforest habitat. It was initially called the Mindanao gum, and is known locally as bagras. What a beautiful tree, never seen anything like it, just amazing. I have never heard anyone over there in the homeland talking about these beautiful trees that supposedly originated in the Philippines .. Now I will have to find a source and see if I can bonsai one :-). Aside from climate, rainbow eucalyptus growing conditions include full sun and moist soil. In the Philippines, the tree is harvested for pulp wood to make paper. The Rainbow Eucalyptus is indigenous to the Philippines and Indonesia, and it’s characterized by its unique vibrant bark. Well deserved HOTD. It can be found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and here in the Philippines. In reality, the digestion of the leaves requires a lot of energy and provides limited nutrition. It grows in the Philippines, New Guinea, and Indonesia where it thrives in tropical forests that get a lot of rain. On others, they have a pastel hue. Are red leaves typical of the Rainbow Eucalyptus? I'd love to see a photo of your bonsai rainbow eucalyptus, hostaguy! It's said to live from 50 to 150 years and to be deer resistant. The leaves contain glands that produce an aromatic oil. The name refers to the fact that the operculum covers the stamens and pistil. Rainbow Eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus deglupta) native to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii and Indonesia. Voted up and shared. I went to Hawaii many years ago, but I don't remember seeing a rainbow eucalyptus tree. The smell of the leaves are so refreshing. As the surface of the trunk ages, the transparent cells on the top of the outermost bark layer become filled with pigments called tannins. If I had one in my yard I fear I would be so by it that I would never do anything but adore it. People fall in love with rainbow eucalyptus the first time they see it. Physical Description. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day award! From shop WindDancerPhotos. What a shame they wouldn't grow here - too cold. Thanks, DLeighAlexander. The seeds are tiny and may be difficult to handle. A grove of rainbow eucalyptus trees is beautiful to observe. I have read that it’s considered to be invasive in some parts of the United States. The bark and leaves of rainbow eucalyptus is known to have antiseptic, antimalarial, and antibacterial Originally found in Mindanao, Philippines, the Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree is scientifically called Eucalyptus deglupta. The rainbow eucalyptus is an unusual tree with a beautiful trunk. The tree is native to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The tree is often referred to as a "living work of art". 5.2k. The garden's web page says that the rainbow eucalyptus grows in zones 10 and 11. The stamens and the pistil then emerge from the bud. Rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is the only eucalyptus tree indigenous to the northern hemisphere. Some sources recommend that it be planted at least 40 feet away from a building. The rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is native to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. 49. Wow, this is absolutely beautiful, and such a well written article- I really enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment, Ziyena. Boy, talk about tiny seeds!! Eucalyptol is a useful but potentially toxic chemical. Rainbow Tree. Proof of this is the Eucalyptus deglupta, most commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree. I agree - the bark does sometimes look like an abstract painting. Question: Does the rainbow eucalyptus make fruits? Question: I have two rainbow eucalyptus trees, about 4' in height. I think the journey would definitely be worthwhile! Zone 9b has milder winter temperatures than zone 9a. Green, orange, yellow, rusty red, maroon, brown, purple, and blue areas may all be visible on the trunk. Close. This Philippine compilation includes several species of Eucalyptus, a few with a sharing a confusing crossover of color-referring common names: (1) Eucalyptus globulus, blue gum eucalyptus (2) Eucalyptus deglupta, bagras, rainbow gum (3) Eucalyptus camaldulensis, red gum eucalyptus (4) Eucalyptus tereticornis, red gum tree, forest red gum. Rainbow eucalyptus trees differ in the amount and types of colour that they display, but they are all beautiful. The concentrated form is dangerous if it's taken internally or if it comes into contact with the skin. I obviously need to travel to Australia! The aim of the project is to construct a residential building with double environmental certification (LEED + BERDE) which offers the perfect balance between mixed cultural heritage and natural heritage of unparalleled splendor. The Missouri Botanical Garden says the tree grows best in zones 10 to 11. Young trees have a conical crown with a leader and almost horizontal branches. The tree grows up to 250 feet (76 m.) tall in its native environment. I live in Canada and have never been to Texas. I had no idea that colorful eucalyptus tree also exist. The colours that the trunk develops may be disappointing. They do have stamens and a pistil, however. But I want to see some real ones. The tree is native to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Great Hub! The shedding and colour change happen at different times in different parts of the trunk. Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 30, 2015: WAW!!! Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2015: This is another awesome tree. The trees grow best in full sunlight and moist soil. 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. The mature trunk is 6 to 8 feet in diameter. 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. Thank you, Tricia. 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. I still have this tree listed on my "keep an eye out to find" list. You would have to contact your local authorities to find out. The trees get their name from the striking colours observed on their trunks and limbs. More research needs to be performed in relation to its possible benefits, however. I hope to get a HOTD someday, when you'll return the favor. The tree is often planted in the hope that it will develop an attractive trunk. Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 04, 2015: Congratulations on the HOTD! When its bark peels, a technicolor display begins to form. The tree is better suited to open areas, like parks and fields, where it provides excellent shade as well as fragrance and beauty. Rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is the only eucalyptus tree indigenous to the northern hemisphere. Thank you very much for the comment, stevbonhage. The country is also home to a tree that sports a myriad of colors from the usual brown to reddish hues, the “Bagras”, or the Eucalyptus deglupta, or better known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2015: The closeup photos of that bark almost looks like an abstract painting. Who would ever think that such a beautiful tree as the BAGRAS (Eucalyptus deglupta) would come from Mindanao, Philippines? Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 07, 2015: Thank you very much, Kristen. hide. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 27, 2020: I think they are attractive trees. Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 04, 2015: The rainbow eucalyptus is beautiful, interesting, and so very photogenic! frank nyikos from 8374 E State Rd 45 Unionville IN 47468 on May 04, 2015: Linda, I'm so glad this article was chosen as Hub of the Day. Though rainbow eucalyptus trees are native to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, they can also be found in the US. I watched the interesting video. But the video shows the colours in all their glory, and the video and the text shows and explains how the colours are produced and change as each layer of bark is exposed to the air and then peels away. The trees grow well in Hawaii and are a tourist attraction in some locations in the state, including along the Hana Highway on the eastern side of Maui. Chlorophyll is the green pigment that traps the light energy used in photosynthesis. The Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is a native of the Island of Mindanao in the Phillipines and other islands southwards towards New Guinea. The eucalyptus deglupta, commonly known as rainbow eucalyptus, is a tree native to the Northern hemisphere and originating from the island of Mindanao.It was initially termed Mindanao gum and is now locally called “bagras”. I'm too cold to have it grow outside. The beautiful "Rosea" variety of Eucalyptus leucoxylon; the pink tassels are the stamens, Jean Tosti, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. This means that the tree is a humid tropical grower and as such can be grown outdoors only in south and coastal central Florida. It's also cultivated for the production of paper from its wood. FREE Shipping. More ideas for you The time when the colours appear may vary based on the climate and the growing conditions, however. I appreciate your kind comment and your vote, too. 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