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Burretiodendron hsienmu - W.Y.Chun & F.C.How
Common Name Hsienmu wood
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A canopy tree in lowland semi-deciduous woodland, sometimes as the dominant component[ 338 ].
Range E. Asia - southwest China, Vietnam.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Full sun

Burretiodendron hsienmu is a slow growing flowering plant up to 40 m tall found in Vietnam and China. The wood of this species is highly valued for its characteristics - very hard, durable, tough, and resistant to termites. It is used in making chopping boards, boats, and as material in building houses. Found In: China (Guangxi, Yunnan) and nature reserves, including Ba Be National Park in Viet Nam.

Burretiodendron hsienmu Hsienmu wood

Burretiodendron hsienmu Hsienmu wood
Physical Characteristics
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Burretiodendron hsienmu is a deciduous Tree growing to 35 m (114ft) by 35 m (114ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Burretiodendron tonkinense (Gagnep.) Kosterm. Excentrodendron hsienmu (Chun & F.C.How) Hung T.Chang

Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Other uses rating: High (4/5). Other Uses: The wood is very hard. It is prized for making chopping boards and is also used in building houses and boats[ 266 ]. The timber is highly valued, and in many parts of its range mature trees have become very scarce or been eliminated. Habitat loss and degradation have also contributed to the decline.
Cultivation details
A slow-growing tree[ 338 ]. Natural regeneration is observed to be strong in forest gaps[ 338 ].
Other Names
Burretiodendron hsienmu or Hsienmu wood.
Found In
Found In: China (Guangxi, Yunnan) and nature reserves, including Ba Be National Park in Viet Nam.
Weed Potential

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None Known
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Burretiodendron hsienmu Status: Vulnerable A1cd
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