There are dozens of wonders in the world, many of them built by human hands. The Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Taj Mahal are just a few of the spectacular sites around the world. But nature is also full of wonders, like the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, Victoria Falls, and the Grand Canyon. The more time you spend out in nature, the more you’ll find that’s absolutely stunning, and one tree in the Philippines is no exception.
The trees are washed with pale blues, oranges, maroons, purples, and greens, creating a rainbow of color. They look like something straight out of a pastel painting. The trees that create this beautiful scene are known as Eucalyptus deglupta trees, also known as “rainbow trees” or “Mindanao gum trees”.
Each season, the bark on the trees peels backs and reveals a new color, starting with a bright green. As layers are peeled away, stripes of new color create a soft rainbow of color on every tree.
Rainbow trees are the only eucalyptus tree native to the northern hemisphere and they can grow to be 250 feet tall! They’re native to the Philippines but can now be found around the world, in places like Indonesia, New Guinea, California, Texas, Florida, and Hawaii. The rainbow trees found in the United States grow to be about half the size, or 125 feet tall, of those found elsewhere.
These trees love warmer weather with heavy rainfall and display the brightest colored bark in rainforest-like climates.
If you’re not in a place to see them in real life, there are plenty of pictures on Instagram and even some videos of the stunning trees. If you can venture out to see them, it’s definitely worth the trip!
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