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Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Gum)

Rainbow Gum, Indonesian Gum, Mindanao Gum, Rainbow Eucalyptus, Bagras, Kamarere,


Fast-growing, Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Gum) is a large evergreen tree noted for its incredibly colorful bark. Smooth, its orange bark peels in summer to reveal multicolor streaks of blue, purple, orange and maroon. Young trees have a conical crown with a leader and almost horizontal branches. As the tree matures, the branches curve up and the leader becomes less prominent - hence forming a spreading, flat topped crown. The foliage of lance-shaped leaves, up to 6 in. long (15 cm), is aromatic when crushed. Umbels of small white flowers bloom at various times during the year depending on locality. Eucalyptus deglupta is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. This Eucalyptus is a major plantation tree for pulp production. It is also widely planted as an ornamental tree because of its attractive bark. Excellent shade tree that requires ample growing space.

  • Grows up to 200 ft. tall (60 m) in its native habitat but will grow up to 100 ft. elsewhere (30 m). Can add 3-5 ft. (90-150 cm) per year.
  • Performs best in full sun in rich, medium to wet soil that does not dry out. Does not tolerate frost.
  • No serious pest or disease issue. Deer resistant.
  • Easily propagated from seed.
  • Native to Malesia and Papuasia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Eucalyptus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 100' (30m)
Spread 60' – 100' (18m – 30m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Eucalyptus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 100' (30m)
Spread 60' – 100' (18m – 30m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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