Eucalyptus deglupta) have bark that is stunningly beautiful. Enough to stop you in your tracks and take a closer look. You know, like Charlize Theron.
They look like someone's melted Crayolas down the trunks. The interior bark is bright green, but as it sheds, it darkens and changes to blue, purple, orange and maroon. It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the northern hemisphere.
I've seen them before, but these photos were taken at the Dole Plantation on Oahu, Hawaii. The parking lot is just filled with them.
It is only hardy to zone 9, so there's no chance I'll ever be able to have one. And, at 40 feet tall, it's a bit much for a small urban yard like mine.
Anyone that's seen my house knows I like color. I would take a wallpaper in these hues and patterns. Or curtains. Or a countertop. Or a tie. Or a shirt. If I could choose one tree to take with me to a desert island, this'd be the one.