Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) trees, native to Southeast Asia, look like something from a fairytale. Their beautiful trunks are a result of how their bark grows.

As the trees grow, they shed flakes of bark, revealing bright green, young bark underneath. Slowly, this fresh bark ages and fades though a variety of colours – blue, purple, pink, orange, and finally a dark maroon colour. This final dark coloured bark falls away, repeating the cycle.

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Totally! Sadly, I've never seen one in real life.

@InvaderXan Unfortunately, most images I see of this gorgeous tree appear to have had the saturation boosted waaaaay the hell up, including this one.

They look super cool as is!

I did suspect something like that, sadly. Still pretty all the same.

@InvaderXan I have some concern that people will find Actual Nature less impressive and inspiring when they've been exposed to so much "airbrushed" nature. But maybe it doesn't matter.

In my experience, a lot of people get excited about nature irrespective of whether or not it’s conventionally pretty.

@InvaderXan Oh hmm, that's a good point! That does make me less worried about it. :-)

I’ve been told this image may have its colour saturation a little boosted. But all the same, the tree is totally real, and does look like Van Gogh painted it. 🙂

@InvaderXan I would probably break several laws by planting nothing but Rainbow Eucalyptus all over the neighborhood, but it might be worth it.

Yeah, I think eucalyptus can be invasive in some climates, so maybe not the best.

@solarpunkgnome @tsturm
That depends on the climate and the eucalyptus species. There are already places in North America growing it ornamentally. But maybe the dry climate in places like Texas helps keep it under control.

I love finding things that people didn’t know exist ☀️

One of the 2 (maybe 3) not native to Australia. Needs a very very high annual rainfall. Like over 5000mm or something insane like that.

Also the only one with a natural range extending into the northern hemisphere.

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