I guess I missed school the day they discussed the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree, I think I would have remembered learning about this dazzling wonder of nature. There’s something so interesting about the colors and patterns that grow all around us. After staring at these beautiful images for a few minutes I had to wonder what was causing the coloring. The site I found the images on answered things rather simply :
The secret behind the Rainbow Eucalyptus is actually pretty simple. The trees shed multiple patches of bark every year, but not at the same time. As the patches are gone, the green inner bark is exposed, and, as it matures, every new patch first turns bluish, then orange, purple and maroon. This creates the rainbow effect that makes these trees so nice to look at.
I’ll buy that explanation, now I’m off to chase more rainbows.