Painted Trees – Eucalyptus deglupta is a species of large tree, commonly called rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao candy or rainbow candy native to the Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is the only eucalyptus species that normally lives in tropical forests, with a natural range that extends into the northern hemisphere and is one of four eucalyptus species of more than seven hundred that are not found in Australia. It is characterized by a multicolored skin.
Type: E. deglupta
Binomial name: Eucalyptus deglupta Blume
Eucalyptus sarassa Blume
Eucalyptus versicolor Blume
Eucalyptus multiflora Riche. ex A.Gray
Eucalyptus naudiniana F.Muell.
Eugenia binacag Elmer
Eucalyptus binacag (Elmer) Elmer,
Eucalyptus schlechteri Diels
Discription of Eucalyptus Rainbow Painted Trees
Eucalyptus deglupta is a fast-growing tree that generally reaches a height of 60 to 75 m (197 to 246 feet) with a trunk diameter of up to 240 cm (94 inches) and with support up to 4 m (13 feet). It has a smooth orange skin that loses stripes, revealing stripes pale green, red, orange, gray and purple brown. The twigs are roughly square in cross section, often with narrow sloping wings. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, mainly 75 to 150 mm (3.0 to 5.9 inches) long and 50 to 75 mm (2.0 to 3.0 inches) wide on short leaf stems.
The flower buds are arranged in branched inflorescences on the armpit of the leaves, or at the ends of the twigs, each branch with a group of seven buttons, each button on a long stem of about 5 mm (0.20 in). Adult shoots are pale green or creamy, round in shape and 2 to 5 mm in diameter (0.079 to 0.197) with a hemispheric opercle with a small dot at the top. The timing of flowering depends on the location and stamens that give the flower a pale white and yellow color. The fruit is wood, brown hemispheric capsules about 3-5 mm (0.12-0.20 in) long and wide, with three or four valves extending beyond the edge of the fruit. Each fruit cell contains between three and twelve minutes of cocoa beans, each with a small wing.
Taxonomy And Denomination – Painted Trees
Eucalyptus deglupta was officially described for the first time in 1850 by Carl Ludwig Blume who published a description in his book Museum Botanicum Lugduno-Batavum sive stirpium Exoticarum, Novarum or Minus Cognitarum, former Vivis, Siccis Brevis, Expositio and Descriptio from specimens collected at Celebes. The special nickname (deglupta) is a Latin word meaning “desquamation, skin or skin”.
Distribution And Habitat – Painted Trees
Eucalyptus Pelangi grows in rainforests and low-lying sea-level mountains at an altitude of 1,800 m (5,900 feet). It is native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, but has been widely planted in many other countries.
Use Painted Trees
This tree is widely planted worldwide in tree plantations, especially for pulpwood used in the manufacture of white paper. It is the dominant species used for pulpwood plantations in the Philippines. E. deglupta is generally grown as an ornamental tree in ice-free climates such as Hawaii, Southern California, Texas and Louisiana.
Horticulture Painted Trees
If planted from seeds, the temperature should be about 20 to 22 degrees Celsius (68 to 72 degrees F). Plants can grow from cuttings of trees less than 5 years old. Once the tree reaches the age of 5 years, root inhibition prevents cuttings from forming. This tree thrives on moderate soil to get wet in full sun and can’t stand frost. In botanical gardens such as the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Florida, the tree has an intense range of colors as seen in the normal tree range.
Are Rainbow eucalyptus trees real?
Yes, indeed, a rainbow eucalyptus is a real tree (aka the rainbow tree), and really cool too. Eucalyptus deglupta is the only Eucalyptus tree that grows naturally in the Northern Hemisphere.
Where can I see rainbow eucalyptus trees?
Maui’s best-known rainbow eucalyptus grove is located near kilometer 7 along the Hana road, but these beautiful trees are scattered in several other places, including Ke’anae Arboretum and places just before the city of Hana.
This amazing tree is also found in Hawaii (the state’s first eucalyptus deglupta tree was planted at the Wahiawa Botanical Gardens in O’ahu in 1929, according to Tour Maui) and in Southern California, Florida and Texas.
In the United States, rainbow eucalyptus grows in frost-free climates found in Hawaii and southern parts of California, Texas and Florida. It is suitable for plant hardiness zones of the U.S. Department of Agriculture 10 and above. In the continental United States, the tree grows only 100 to 125 feet (30 to 38 m).
In Indonesia, the rainbow tree or rainbow eucalyptus, which is located in the hamlet of Darungan, village of Sumberwringin, Sumberwringin district, Bondowoso Regency, East Java.
Main sources: https://en.wikipedia.org