Myrtaceae (myrtle family) Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus deglupta rainbow gum

New Guinea to Philippines
Rainbow gum, center, in the Inner Quad. Sairus Patel, 12 Jun 2021
Eucalyptus deglupta fruit capsules, Inner Quad. Sairus Patel, 9 Apr 2022

Fabled for its coat of many colors, the rainbow gum is further distinguished as one of two eucalypts not native to Australia.

One appeared in each of the two islands in front of Memorial Church in 2016. From spindly 2-foot sticks, they rapidly put on height and girth, the one in the inner northwest island fruiting in 2019. The smooth, peeling bark exposes inner bark of sage green, changing to copper, vermilion, and tan – nothing like the undoubtedly touched-up technicolor trunks of seed catalogs and travel advertisements, but very handsome nonetheless.

Eucalyptus deglupta buds against the fallen strips of bark, Inner Quad. Sairus Patel, 4 Dec 2022

About this Entry: Added Jan 2023 (SP).