ill take more pics of it and post it here every few months. it grows up to 15 feet a year.
they can grow up to 200 feet native but here in South Florida it should get around 100 feet.
some pics of full grown trees
Yeah, I've seen groves on Maui and other spots in Hawaii; very cool tree. Where did you get it? I tried it in Sacramento but failed; too cold but now I live in the Peoples' Republic of Berkeley where, it seems, one can grow anything. I'm hoping to give it another try.
I too have seen it in Hawaii, would definitely plant it if I lived there.
Sunset WESTERN GARDEN BOOK (2007, Sunset Publishing, Menlo Park) says it's hardy to 24F to 26F/-4C to -2C:
Fast-growing, erect tree from jungles of Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea. Trunk is the spectacular feature. Regular water
it is growing fast
didnt take too long to get situated
hmm, all my update posts were deleted, here goes
Never saw one of those until now. That's spectacular.
Your rainbow looks great! Seems very healthy and robust. I can't believe all the growth in just under a year. How often do you water it during the dry season? Do you fertilize it with anything? I need some advice on how to make my rainbow look like that. It is in a container for now (no land to plant in, so unfortunately not an option).
Have you seen the big one at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami? It is quite nice.
I have one here in Gainesville that has nice bark and is flowering - in a pot. It is too cold here in winter for them. I tried once and it died by November.
They do grow fast and need moisture year around. I keep mine well watered and fertilize every 2 weeks in summer with a typical liquid fertilizer.
Mine doesn't look healthy or well. How does one post photos?
the color toned down a bit, i think the rain will promote growth and more colorful bark shedding
a Tilandsia i mounted in its canopy
Wow! Your rainbow is growing like crazy. I have managed to grow one out here in the AZ sun. It survived 115+ degree summer temps, it's about 6 feet tall now (it was 2 feet when I planted it in March). Yours looks much fuller but our bark colors are the same. Thanks for the pics!
Wow that tree is amazing! Do you know if it have a shallow root system like the Banyan Tree or deeper?
Thanks for this wonderful log. I imagine by now the tree is much much larger. Post new pictures when you can. It is really interesting for us to see the progression.