The Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) also known as the Mindanao Gum or Rainbow Gum is a tall tree and is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. This tall and colorful tree is naturally distributed in New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao Philippines. The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is extremely large and broadleaved evergreen tree. It grows super quick being able to double its size every year, before reaching a trunk diameter of 6 feet wide and soaring to heights above 200 feet (61 m). The most distinctive feature of this tree is its unique multi-hued bark. The patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times showing a bright green inner bark and then it darkens and matures giving it blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones in the summer. Since this process is happening in different zones of the trunk and in different stages, simultaneously, the colors are varied and almost constantly changing. As a result, the tree will never have the same color pattern twice, making it like a work of living art.
In some countries the tree can be grown in ornamental gardens (its colors showing best in tropical or subtropical places), its wood is often used for paper pulp in countries like the Philippines. This tree is a humid tropical growers and such can be grown outdoors only in south and coastal Florida. Some people have been able to grow it successfully in southern Texas and southern California but extra care and diligence is required. Bring the look of a rain forest into your yard or landscape. The seeds of the rainbow gum are smaller than an ant but can be germinated at home, you can even place it in a pot and turn it into a Bonsai tree. Growing zones: 4-11 for patios and 9-11 for outdoors. This tree requires consistently moist soil, do not let it dry out between watering. It is not resistant to frosts.
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