Malaysia produces a large amounts of rubber.
Tapping of rubber trees starts in the fifth to seventh year
after planting and then continues for 25 to 30 years. A special knife is
incise the bark so as to wound the resin canals without damaging the
After 30 years a decline in latex production makes
tapping of the trees uneconomic. The trees are then removed and replaced
new seedlings. In the past, felled rubber trees were either burnt on the
used as fuel for locomotive engines, brick burning or latex curing.
30-year old cultivated rubber tree is about 30 m tall with
an average branch-free bole of 3 m. The diameter at breast height (dbh)
reach about 30 cm. The stem tends to taper. Young rubber trees have a
brown-green bark. The constantly tapped portions of the stem may
age, a latex-smeared cortex.
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