Paint has not been applied, nor Photoshop engaged – this tree is all natural and totally wicked

The Eucalyptus deglupta, more commonly known as the ‘rainbow tree’ for obvious reasons, is worthy of a post if for no other reason that aesthetics.

From Environmental Graffiti: “the Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) or Mindanao Gum is the only species of Eucalyptus tree found in the northern hemisphere. As if that weren’t extraordinary enough, the up to 70-m tall tree also shines in the colours of the rainbow: its bark can take on a yellow, green, orange and even purple shading!”

The tree’s unusual colouring is a result of patches of the bark shedding periodically, thus showing the age of the bark. “Freshly shedouter bark will reveal the bright green inner bark. This darkens over time and changes from blue to purple and then reaches orange and maroon tones.”

“Pulpwood’s here to stay though as it is considered a source of green energy, and demand has increased over the last few years. Currently though, trees cultivated specifically for pulp production account for only 16% of world pulp production. About 9% comes from old growth forests and the remaining 75% from second-, third- and more generation forests.” While it may be a waste of tree years for some pulpwood, the reforestation effort of specifically this tree is increasing, making the rainbow tree a source of renewable energy.

Given how awesome these trees are, it is a shame that they are only cultivated in New BritainNew GuineaCeramSulawesiMindanao and the Philippines.

-Jessie W.