Let’s take a little break from the flooring business for a moment to appreciate the astounding beauty of mother nature. You may think of Eucalyptus as little more than Koala Bear food…
But there’s more to it than that. While we can’t make Eucalyptus floors, there’s another bear out there who’s choice of wood makes an excellent floor – though it’s a different kind of Bamboo, don’t worry!
Where were we? Oh yeah. There’s a little more to Eucalyptus than just Koala bear food, though the bears might insist otherwise. Have a look at this tree. It’d be very easy to mistake this tree as a funky art project by a relatively unimaginative Sixth Form Art student, but this particular bout of colour is painted entirely by Mother Nature. This is the gorgeous Rainbow Eucalyptus tree.
The bark of this tree is very thin and flaky and will shed layers at different time on different places of the tree. As each layer of the bark peels away, it reveals a new colour. The shedding happens in patches all over the tree in a random pattern, creating a startling array of colours and becoming a living and ever changing art piece.
The official name for the Rainbow Eucalyptus is the Eucalyptus Deglupta. It’s from the Myrtaceae family and is the only eucalyptus found in the Northern Hemisphere.
These trees love the sunshine and the rain, and they grow lightning quick. They can double their size every year, with their trunk diameter growing to 6 feet and soaring to heights of over 200 feet! These thick, waxy trees tower into the air and above the forest canopy like wooden rainbows.
Although the Rainbow Eucalyptus loves the rain, it can not withstand excess flooding or cold weather – just like me. So unfortunately they are not ideal for Britain – just like me.
This stunning tree has been used to make boats and furniture, but most commonly it’s used to create pulpwood to make paper. White paper! Seems like a bit of a waste, doesn’t it?
Well maybe not… unfortunately this funky colouration runs only to the bark, and doesn’t carry through to the wood inside. The inner wood of this gorgeous rainbow hued tree looks just like any other eucalyptus. Lovely, plain white wood.
That’s a shame, isn’t it? How cool would a multicoloured Rainbow Eucalyptus technicolour dream floor be?
As well as gorgeous bark, the tree also has beautiful leaves and flowers. The seeds of a Rainbow Eucalpytus are smaller than an ant and can be germinated at home. Just be aware that they’re pretty much impossible to grow in the UK, and if you’re in the US, they’re considered an invasive, non-native species and you could be fined or receive a citation, and if you managed to grow one, you may be asked to cut it down. It’s better just to admire them from afar for now!
Sadly we don’t have any Eucalpytus floors in stock at the moment, but we do have a gorgeous range of top notch Bamboo floors. Bamboo is one of the strongest, sturdiest, and most eco friendly varities out there. For more info on Bamboo floors, have a look at our Bamboo Wood Flooring – Everything You Need To Know blog. Starting from just £27.99 per m2, we’ve got a bamboo floor to suit all tastes.
Our Exotic Indulgence Antique Lacquered Click Bamboo floor is a rich, honey coloured gleaming lacquered floor, perfect in any home.
Our Handscraped Antique Lacquered Click Bamboo is a darker, chocolate coloured floor, great for modern decors.
Our White Lacquered Click Bamboo is a rich and creamy floor, bright and white and perfect for homes with darker decors or neutral toned styles with pops of colour.
Our Click Bamboo Dark Brown Lacquered floor is shiny, dark and strong. Like dark chocolate or thick treacle. It’s perfect for classic decors and will add an excellent elegance to any room.