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What tall, stately tropical tree has a multicolored trunk that looks like someone has poured cans of various colored paint on it? In the Wahiawa Botanical Gardens north of Honolulu, one can find a rainbow growing out of the ground. The Rainbow Eucalyptus grows up to 70-feet tall tree and shines in the colors of the rainbow: its colorful bark can take on a yellow, green, orange and even purple shading!
Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum. It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere and has a natural distribution that spans New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao. The multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree caused by small patches of outer bark are shedding annually at different times, displaying the bright green inner bark. This bark then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and finally maroon tones.
The rainbow gum is the world's fastest-growing forestry tree, cultivated mainly for pulpwood on plantations throughout the tropics. It also provides a source of hardwood timber for use in cabinet-making, construction and joinery. In the Philippines the even-textured wood is known as "Bagras" or Southern Mahogany and in Papua New Guinea, "Kamarere" is a major export timber.
March 3rd, 2013
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