Castilla elastica Panama Rubber Tree 5 Seeds
Panama Rubber Tree
Native to tropical Central America, Mexico and South America, Castilla elastica is a semi deciduous tree found in moist lowland forests and reaching heights of up to 60 meters, although usually growing between 10 and 30 meters tall. The tree was once exploited for latex extracted from the trunk, but has since been replaced by Hevea brasillensis.
Panama Rubber Tree is a true tropical and will grow best in air temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees F, but can tolerate 60 degrees F. Plant in well drained, rich soil for best results.
1. Main source of latex among the Mesoamerican peoples in pre-Columbian times
2. Converted into rubber by mixing the latex with juice from Ipomoea alba, a morning glory species found growing among the tree in the wild
3. The rubber was used for the manufacture of balls in the Mesoamerican game ōllamaliztli
4. The Aztec word for rubber was olli, thus the name of the ballgame
5. Mats, blankets and clothing are made from the beaten bark