Huge Rubber tree in Buenos Aires.
There is an enormous Rubber Tree in Plaza Francia close to Café La Biela and La Recoleta Cemetery. Most people come to visit the famous La Recoleta Cemetery and do not know about this lovely tree.
The Recoletos brothers planted the Rubber tree or “Gomero” in Spanish in 1800. They were in charge of the church at the time. What makes this tree extraordinary is its measurements. It is 20 meters high and 50 meters wide. It was difficult to find more information about the origin of the tree or why they planted it here in La Recoleta. Presumably, it was planted for its shade because Buenos Aires can be very hot and humid in summer.
It is impossible to photograph the tree as a whole. The tree is huge and branches supported by wooden poles in places. I have tried many times.
People often stop to admire it and to take photos. Others love the shade and take a nap when it is too hot in summer. Many people admire the tree but have no idea what the story is. I the city council of Buenos Aires should put a sign there, to give more information.
Interesting facts about the Rubber Tree:
- Rubber Trees grow in wild, hot and humid conditions.
- They use the sap in the manufacturing of various rubber products.
- Rubber trees also found in southern Thailand, South America, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and along Africa’s Ivory Coast.
- Products like tires, belts, insulation for electrical writing, gloves and gaskets are famous byproducts of sap from rubber trees.
Where: Plaza Francia, close to La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.