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Have you seen the amazing Hawaiian "Painted Trees?"

Rainbow Eucalyptus

Behold the other-wordly Rainbow Eucalyptus trees! Although it appears as if these trees have bark that has been painted with an artist's brush, this is actually their natural color. Jaw-dropping, isn't it? Considered by many to be the most beautiful tree on Earth, the Rainbow Eucalyptus, also known as the "Hawaiian Painted Tree," is the only eucalyptus tree that's native to the northern hemisphere. As patches of bark shed from the tree's trunk, streaks of vibrant color are exposed, ranging from orange, maroon, green, and even blue. As the year goes on, flakes of the bark begin to fall away and first a green layer underneath begins to show, followed by an array of color that makes it hard to believe these are even real. But they are-- some of Mother Nature's most eye-catching beauty.

Rainbow Eucalyptus trees can be absolutely massive-- when left to grow freely in their native lands, they typically double in size every passing year until they reach a trunk diameter of approximately six feet and a mind-boggling height of over 200 feet tall! Although these trees are commonly grown in ornamental gardens (they grow best in tropical and subtropical environments), the bark is also used for paper pulp in countries such as the Philippines.

The Painted Trees of Hawaii (a named coined for Hawaii's treasured Rainbow Eucalyptus trees), which line many of the Hawaiian highways; are peppered throughout their arboretums; and give an already-colorful, lush tropical landscape even more vibrant beauty, have not been free from controversy. Over time, as has been the case for most tree species worldwide, property development has been a motivator to cut down these natural beauties. Additionally, because the bark that these beautiful trees shed can create a mess, not everyone is as appreciative of the Rainbow Eucalyptus. It's an understatement to say that it would be unfortunate to lose these incredible trees forever; like so many of nature's most beautiful gems, industrialization and human motivation stands in the way of these trees continuing to thrive and grow freely.

To learn more about the foundation that was created in the name of the Hawaiian Painted Trees, visit www.paintedtreeshawaii.org.

Rainbow Eucalyptus

11 comments

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Vicki H

Wow, very beautiful! Would love to see that in person!

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Jeri

I wonder if I could get one of these for my home in Sarasota??

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Francine

That is the coolest bark ever.

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Susan LeClair

Beautiful! I’ve never seen one before. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Sherry Carter

Love these trees!!! So beautiful!!

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Donna Castillo

These are amazing trees! I’ve never heard of them much less seen one. Thanks Water Gallery for the awesome blog today!

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Cheryl B.

Love! Those trees are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

Aug 13, 2015 • Posted by Connie

These trees are beautiful! I’ve lived in Hawaii twice and don’t recall ever seeing one in person. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 12, 2015 • Posted by barb h

They are so pretty and this pic looks like a painting. Would love to see them in person.

Aug 12, 2015 • Posted by Michele Kwiaty

wow how beautiful!! I wish I could see them in person. I am always amazed with Mother Nature.

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