The Hevea Brasiliensis tree—also known as the rubber tree—is a deciduous tree that grows in tropical climates. It can grow up to 120 feet tall and live up to 100 years. It is native to Brazil.
In 1875, efforts were made to spread the Hevea Brasiliiensis tree to other nations. They had success in Southeastern Asian countries, like Malaysia and Indonesia. Not too long after that, a blight infected the majority of the rubber trees in Brazil, crippling their rubber industry. Today, almost all of our natural rubber comes from Southeast Asia.
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