Betula alnoides subsp. alnoides, also known as the Chinese birch or Vietnamese white birch, is a subspecies of Betula alnoides, a deciduous tree species native to East Asia.
Description: It can grow up to 30 meters in height and has a narrow crown with a diameter of up to 8 meters. The bark is white, gray or yellowish-white, and peels off in thin sheets. The leaves are ovate to triangular with a pointed tip, and have serrated edges. The tree produces catkins, which are pendulous, cylindrical clusters of male and female flowers. The fruit of the tree is a small winged nutlet that is dispersed by the wind.
Habitat: This subspecies is found in China, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar, and is typically found in mountainous regions at elevations of 500 to 2,000 meters. It thrives in well-drained, moist soils, and is often found along streams or in damp areas.
Uses: Betula alnoides subsp. alnoides has a number of uses, including as a source of timber for furniture, flooring, and paper production. Its bark is used in traditional medicine for a variety of purposes, including as a treatment for fever, pain, and inflammation. The tree is also commonly grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks due to its attractive bark and foliage.
Conservation Status: The conservation status of Betula alnoides subsp. alnoides is considered to be vulnerable due to habitat loss and overexploitation for its timber. However, it is also widely cultivated and may be considered a domesticated species in some areas.