SPRING RUBBER TREE FACTS

Spring is right around the corner, so Team TRC thought we’d bring you some fun facts about the rubber tree. Did you know this information?

Where does the rubber tree grow?

rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), South American tropical tree of the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). Cultivated on plantations in the tropics and subtropics, especially in Southeast Asia and western Africa, it replaced the rubber plant in the early 20th century as the chief source of natural rubber.

How long does it take a rubber tree to grow?

In the wild, the rubber tree will grow to heights of 100 to 130 feet, and can live up to 100 years. Its most famous feature is the milky white sap, known as latex, which flows freely from the tree when a sliver of bark is removed.

What is made from rubber trees?
Natural rubber, also called India rubber or caoutchouc, as initially produced, consists of polymers of the organic compound isoprene, with minor impurities of other organic compounds plus water. Forms of polyisoprene that are used as natural rubbers are classified as elastomers.

“MAY SPRING SHOWERS
BRING YOU PROSPEROUS
RUBBER SALES”
-Team TRC