Painted by nature as the tree grows in time, the Eucalyptus deglupta is commonly known as rainbow eucalyptus, rainbow gum, or Mindanao gum, and to some, simply the “rainbow tree.”
The tree is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the northern hemisphere. And yes, it’s also native in the Philippines, thus the name “Mindanao gum.”
But it’s not found solely in that part of the country, but in other islands as well, such as Negros.
It’s considered an exotic tree because of the multiple colors it produces when its skin sheds, showing the inner bark. The exposed bark changes color as it matures from bright green to different hues of yellow, blue, purple, orange, and maroon.
The tree can grow up to 75 meters tall, and the trunk up to 2 meters in diameter. The tree is grown for its pulpwood, which is used in making white paper, and is also cultivated as an ornamental tree.
The rainbow eucalyptus doesn’t produce aromatic oils like those of other eucalyptus trees. But some say that the leaves and bark can be made into tea to cure coughs, colds, and fever. (No therapeutic claims, though.)
The rainbow eucalyptus tree in the photo was taken at Bago City, Negros Occidental. The rainbrow tree is hugged by a balete tree. How adorable, we say! 🙂
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How to Get to Bacolod
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) going to Bacolod City proper.