Eucommia ulmoides (Hardy Rubber Tree)
No sample available
Location: Cultivated in European gardens and botanical collections.
Found by western botanists in cultivation rather than in the wild. A type of rubber is produced and may be detected as thin strands by carefully breaking a leaf.
Male and female flowers are produced on separate plants and open in February before the leaves unfold. Males are clusters of anthers; females are single green pistils and very inconspicuous.
Fruit is rather like an elm fruit, each about 3.7cm long containing one seed.