#71 CHINESE RUBBER TREE Eucommia ulmoides

Native to China, rare, not known in the wild.  Introduced to the UK in 1896.

The only Temperate climate tree known to produce rubber (latex).  Grown commercially for its bark which is used in Chinese medicine.

Mr Hammond’s plant register:

Purchased from Plowman’s nursery of Market Harborough in 1914.                                          

“5ft.9ins.  (1915);  11ft. (1923)”

In his 2004 tree survey Tony Titchen remarked that this tree could be male as no ash-like seeds have been seen.  It is a rare tree in collections.