Trees

Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta)

Do you want to know a kind of eucalyptus whose trunks seem to have been intervened by a painting artist? These are the Eucalyptus deglupta, which feature a truly amazing multi-colored trunk, making it one of the most surprisingly striking trees you can find in a forest.

A species that loves hot climates and environments that you will learn more about if you continue reading this article. Although its name is the one that we mention in the title, it is usually called rainbow eucalyptus, and this simply has to do with the number of colors that its trunk presents, which although it is not known specifically why it happens, absolutely all the specimens present this wide range and variety of tones, giving it a truly surprising ornamental characteristic.

Description of Eucalyptus deglupta

This tree belongs to the Myrtaceae family, being the areas where it originated those of New Guinea, Sulawesi, Midanao and New Britain, being the northern hemisphere the area in the world where it develops most naturally. In a wild state, in forests, it can reach a really prominent height, with an average length of these being approximately 70 meters.

Its trunk is very long and its characteristic of multicolored is due to the variety of tones, ranging from garnets, oranges, purples, different types of greens, blues and darker tones, complemented in a whimsical way and giving it a very particular appearance. The reason for this color combination may be that at a certain time of the year certain layers of the crust begin to fall off, exposing internal parts of the crust that are initially green in color. This desquamation is what makes, when these new barks that see the light mature, they end up giving the tree the colors mentioned in its trunks.

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Its glass during youth is conical, to later give a slightly more varied shape. Regarding its roots, its root system is superficial, lateral and radial, reaching approximately a third or even a quarter of its height.

To develop its roots, everything will depend on the conditions of the soil in which it is found and, of course, on the competition with other trees that are in its vicinity. As a favorable characteristic for its cultivation in urban areas, it can be said that the roots of Eucalyptus deglupta do not represent a threat to foundations or sidewalks.

Its leaves, in terms of dimensions, can be about 10 centimeters long by 5 cm wide and grow alternately or sub-positionally. They have an acuminate apex and their base is obtuse.

The flowers that this tree presents show a color between whitish and cream, whose development is in the form of inflorescences of umbels that can have about 8 flowers for each one of these.

When these have already been fertilized, at that time the fruit will develop, which shows a particular shape of a small cup or dome that is approximately 0.5 centimeters long.

Applications

There are places where Eucalyptus deglupta is grown for different types of industrial uses, including the production of paper, wood or the extraction of different chemical products. This for example happens in places like the Philippines.

But its incredible color makes this type of eucalyptus more considered ornamental in nature around the world than for any other use. In the case of wanting to grow it in a garden, it can be calmly arranged as an isolated tree, or you can make small forests of them, by growing several specimens.

The individual cultivation in a garden has to be carefully thought out, since being so large and growing so fast, it will quickly intervene in the architecture and landscape of the space where it is located. In addition, it must be taken into account that it does not support cold or frost.

It is a species that can grow between 2 and 3 meters per year approximately and must have plenty of water and regular irrigation, since naturally it usually grows in flooded land.

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