Hardy rubber tree

FAMILY: Eucommiaceae | GENUS: EUCOMMIA ulmoides

TYPE
  • Deciduous
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7

Plant Details

From central China. Rubber can be made from this tree's sap, but the process isn't economically feasibleinstead, the plant is grown for its ornamental qualities. Attractive rounded habit; can reach 4060 ft. tall, with equal or greater spread. Leaves resemble those of elm (Ulmus) but are glossier and more leathery. When a leaf is slowly torn in two, sap from the veins congeals into threads of rubber, holding the two halves together. Tolerates a wide variety of soils but requires good drainage. Not troubled by pests. 'Emerald Point' has a more upright, narrow, oval habit and smaller leaves. Useful street tree.

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