Devon on November 17th, 2012

EucalyptusNo, someone did not paint the trunk of this tree. Nor did this tree get exposed to some kind of radical radiation. In fact, what you see is entirely natural. This is the trunk of the Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta). It originates from the rainforests of Mindanao, which is the southernmost and easternmost island in the Philippine island group.

It is a gorgeous, columnar, tall tree with peeling bark that displays a rainbow of colors. In nature, it can reach 220ft, however normally averages around 80 ft tall. It is a fast grower, though it can be kept to a much smaller size if desired. Generally likes a lot of water as it naturally grows in a rain-forest environment. Prefers a humid, cooler tropical climate. However, it will not stand intense or prolonged frosts. This means that the tree is a tropical grower and can be grown outdoors only in southern California, Florida, and Texas.

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