Eucalyptus diversicolor

The majestic karri tree is native to a small area in the southwest of Australia, where rainfall is high. The massive trees are a popular tourist attraction-you can even climb a few of them. It vies with Eucalyptus regnans for the title of world’s tallest hardwood tree (current record holder is a specimen of E. regnans, named Centurion growing south of Hobart, measured in 2008 at 99.6 m (326.8 ft.)). Eucalyptus diversicolor can grow to 90 metres, but generally ranges from 10 to 60 metres tall. The bark of the tree is deciduous and changes colour as it ages, hence the name diversicolor.

The tree produces very fine timber and is popular for its knot-free wood. It is used for construction and furniture making. The once great forests have largely been harvested and massive old growth trees, like the one in today’s photo are now protected, although the valuable trees are still at times vulnerable. Large plantations of the species have been developed as commercial forestry operations in South Africa.

Eucalyptus diversicolor

8 responses to “Eucalyptus diversicolor”

  1. Doby Green

    In Brasil, there is the brazil-nut tree that stands 150feet and is the tallest tree in tropics.

  2. Eric in SF

    I didn’t see any of the old OLD growth E. regnans on my recent visit to southern Victoria, Australia, but I did see a great patch of them in the Otway National Park:

  3. Heather G

    I’ve often marvelled at the sentimentality of North Americans for postings of plants that are endemic to North America, and now I feel the same!

  4. elizabeth a airhart

    fine great tree thank you
    this little poem was written by ogden nash
    in the last century 1933
    I think i shall never see
    A billboard lovely as a tree
    Perhaps,unless the billboards fall
    i’ll never see a tree at all
    hopefully we can save as many as we can

  5. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    I love eucalytpus trees, and I’m glad to see them here, especially with that view of stretching far up. Eric’s photos on Flickr (3 posts up) are also gorgeous, his whole ‘ancient forest’ series.

  6. Joyce

    Thank you for this beautifiul photo. It reminds me of my years in Ethiopia, nearly 30 years ago. I was told then that the eucalyptus trees had been brought there from Australia.

  7. Robert

    Actually the tallest tree in the tropics is in Borneo, 289 feet high (88.3 meters)

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