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Eucommia ulmoides

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
yoo-KOM-ee-uh ul-moy-dees
Description

This large, deciduous rubber tree is easy to transplant and grows in a variety of soils. It likes full sun and tolerates drought well though it does not tolerate wet roots well. It requires about 100 to 200 sq. ft. of space as it can grow up to 60 feet tall and 30 to 50 feet wide. It requires room for root spread and is a good street tree where there are no sidewalks nearby. It is a good woodland or large yard specimen tree. It is slow-growing and almost maintenance-free. 

The tree is rounded in shape. Leaves drop in the fall and are not troublesome other times of year. As it is a rubber tree, stringy or waxy-like sap will appear at bark, leaf, or small ends of limb (twig) breaks. 

 

 

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Tags:
#sun#deciduous#shade tree#drought tolerant#slow growing#low maintenance#glossy leaves#large spaces#attractive foliage#compaction tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#shade tree#drought tolerant#slow growing#low maintenance#glossy leaves#large spaces#attractive foliage#compaction tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eucommia
    Species:
    ulmoides
    Family:
    Eucommiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & S. China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 40 ft. 0 in. - 60 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    winged seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Inconspicuous
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green until fall when it becomes a lighter green before dropping. Leaf length can range from 3 to 8 inches.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Bark Description:
    Ridged with furrows, attractive throughout year.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Specimen
    Street Tree