Who would ever think that such a beautiful tree as the BAGRAS (Eucalyptus deglupta) would come from Mindanao, Philippines? Judging by it's towering stature, ever changing rainbow colored palette of its tree trunk and aromatic eucalyptus leaves, one would easily mistake this tree to originate from Australia, known for the land of the Eucalyptus trees.
What makes this tree so special is the spectrum of color developed by the peeling of its smooth bark in a fatigue inspired pattern. Mosquitoes are believed to be repelled by the scent of this tree and that oil essences are also used for therapeutic purposes. Aside from this, Bagras is also a fast growing forest tree species (pioneer tree), thus would be a good candidate for reforestation species and landscaping projects as well. Insects such as bees and butterflies seem to have a frenzy whenever clusters of nectar rich flowers cover its canopy. A sun loving tree such as this though also has its downside as branches would easily break due to strong winds and the whole tree might topple down in case its roots hasn't anchored properly to the soil.
Probably, it is not a good idea to plant this tree along highways / roadways because of the reason mentioned above.
Fallen leaves show "fall" colors.