Hardy Rubber Tree

Eucommia ulmoides

A tough, pest free tree of uncommon beauty. Rounded at maturity with a rich, tightly furrowed bark, this tree has glossy, dark green leaves in the summer. If you tear a leaf, you will see fine rubber strands from which this tree gets its name. Native to and cultivated in China. It may now be extinct in the wild.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 6 feet

Mature Height: 50 feet

Mature Spread: 40 feet

Tree Shape: Upright when young. Rounded with age.

Where to Plant:
Great tree for a planting strip without overhead power lines. Great shade tree for your yard.

Gorgeous glossy dark green leaves keep their richness throughout the summer.


Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Adaptable to a wide range of soils except for wet ones. Tough tree. Drought tolerant when established.

Potential Problems:
No serious pests.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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