Eucalyptus deglupta is commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus because the tree has a very unique way of shedding its bark, giving it the title of the most beautiful tree in the world.
Once the tree sheds his bark, it reveals stunning rainbow colors from bright green to purple and orange. And the best is you can see its beautiful colors throughout the year as the tree is not shedding all its bark at once but one by one creating the stunning effect of paint running down the trunk of the tree.
The Eucalyptus deglupa is native to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea and unlike other Eucalyptus trees, it is the only species growing in rainforests. Australia is home to over 700 Eucalyptus species but the Rainbow Eucalyptus is one of the four species that does not grow in Australia.
It is with no surprise that people fall immediately in love with this magnificent tree, also known as Mindanao gum or rainbow gum. No one can deny that there is something very special about the intense color and fragrance and though it is possible to grow this tree at home and young trees can be bought in pots, there are a few things you should consider before buying a Rainbow Eucalyptus for your back garden.
The Rainbow Eucalyptus can grow up to 250 feet tall in its natural environment and though trees in California, Texas, and Florida have been reported to grow only to 100 feet it is still a very big tree. The tree also strives best in moist and warm climates and also needs regular watering and full sun.
Due to the constant shedding, the tree also needs a lot of cleaning up and can look quite messy and unfortunately, the colors vary massively and you might end up with a less colorful and bright tree. Rainbow Eucalyptus is now grown in many botanical gardens and is probably a better shout to see this beauty than attempting in growing a tree yourself.