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Have you heard about the mystical “Rainbow Trees” that can be found in Kauai? These stunning and vibrant trees are a sight to behold, and learning more about them can add some extra color to your trip. In this blog post, we’ll cover all aspects related to these Rainbow Trees – from where they come from and how they got their name to where and when you can find them on Kauai. Read on to find out everything you need to know about this special part of Kauai.

The Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees

The rainbow gum tree, which is native to the rainforests of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, is a stunning phenomenon of nature. This captivating tree gains its name from its beautiful multi-colored bark. This unique characteristic has made this tree sought after by many adventurers wanting a truly one-of-a-kind experience and photos to share with friends and family back home. Who wouldn’t want a snapshot of a majestic rainbow gum tree in all its glory?

The rainbow tree is more than just a pretty sight. They can be used for paper and eucalyptus oil!

Where To See Rainbow Trees On Kauai

The best place to spot Rainbow Trees is the Keahua Arboretum, located just outside of Wailua and Kapa’a.

Visiting the Keahua Arboretum is a truly unique experience. As you walk along the tree-lined roads and take in the scent of the cool mountain air, there’s no mistake that it’s very different from the sunny, warm beach air that you may have just had. One can see that much thought and effort has been put into the design and maintenance of this small have on Kauai. The University of Hawaii manages and maintains the arboretum for its students to use as an outdoor classroom, where they can observe both native and introduced plants growing together

Why Are These Trees Multicolored?

The “rainbow” effect emanates from the trees shedding process which is both frequent and uneven. The bark sloughs off layer by layer as it ages, revealing vibrant striations of greens, oranges, pinks, and purples in an organized yet dynamic fashion.

Where Else In The U.S. Can Rainbow Trees Grow?

  • Hawaii
  • Southern California
  • Texas
  • Florida

How Big Do Rainbow Trees Get?

These trees can get to a massive size of 250 feet tall in their home environments, but only ground to around 115 feet tall in the United States.

Kauai Forests

Kauai’s forests are a paradise for the rainbow eucalyptus tree. The combination of high rainfall and warm, yet comfortable temperatures creates the perfect climate for these trees to flourish. In addition to these unique trees, Kauai is also abundant with many other types of plant life. From exotic plants like the hibiscus to ordinary mangrove trees, there’s something new at every turn throughout the island’s rainforests. With miles and miles of wooded paths hiking and trekking through Kauai gives travelers a chance to experience some of its most beautiful locations, sightings, and discoveries that you won’t get anywhere else in the world.

Explore Kauai’s Rainforests with Koloa Zipline!

If you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime, look no further than Koloa Zipline on the beautiful island of Kauai. There you can experience incredible views of lush valleys and vibrant forests from above. With highly experienced guides and state-of-the-art equipment, Koloa Zipline is the perfect choice for your Kauai adventure – so don’t wait: book your tour today!