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The Eucalyptus Deglupta (Mindanao Gum) ranks among the world’s tallest trees, as it reaches heights of over 200 feet. Even in cultivation, it can reach over 100 feet. And Mindanao Gum, its common name derives from the large southern island in the Philippines where it is native.
Furthermore, it has an irregular to columnar open crown, with a small number of branches. Additionally, the bark is the most striking feature of the tree, purple, orange or maroon; with a bright green underbark exposed as patches of old bark fall away. And, leaves are opposite, smooth, ovate in shape, pale green in color, measure up to 6 inches long, and contain an aromatic oil, obvious when the leaf is crushed.
Additionally, flowers that are borne in terminal or axillary clusters, in tiny blooms, with many stamens; that measure up to .5 inches long. And fruits which occur in clusters and are small round brown capsules; which measure about 25 inches in diameter and contain multiple small seeds. The propagation of the tree is through seeds.
Also, Eucalyptus Deglupta (Mindanao Gum) is a commercial timber tree and energy tree and is grown across the world in short-rotation plantations. The leaf oil is not commercialized because the content is small. The tree grows well in a range of soils providing they are well-drained. In landscape use it obviously needs large open areas in parks or gardens, whereas a specimen tree it can provide light shade and very showy bark and flowers.
Other names: Rainbow eucalyptus