Shan Tuyet tea, valuable timber plants named ‘Vietnam Heritage Trees’

More than 1,300 Shan Tuyet tea plants in Ha Giang province and a group of valuable timber trees in Dak Nong province have been recognized as “Vietnam Heritage Trees”.
Shan Tuyet tea, valuable timber plants named ‘Vietnam Heritage Trees’ ảnh 1 The nearly-450-year “giang huong” in Dak Nong province that was recently recognized as “Vietnam Heritage Tree”. (Photo: VNA)

In the northernmost province of Ha Giang, the newly recognized 1,324 Shan Tuyet tea plants are in the districts of Bac Quang, Hoang Su Phi, Quang Binh, Vi Xuyen, and Xin Man.

Vu Van Hieu, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said Ha Giang is home to the country’s second largest tea area, with over 20,500ha, and has an annual output of 94,000 tons.

Shan Tuyet is a specialty of the province that has become popular among domestic and foreign consumers thanks to its good quality, typical taste, and various products winning international awards, he noted.

So far, Ha Giang has had 1,629 plants recognized as “Heritage Trees”, including the newly recognized ones. It is also the province with the biggest number of ancient Shan Tuyet plants earning this recognition in Vietnam.

In the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, the group of valuable timber trees labelled “Heritage Trees” consists of 11 “thong ba la” (Pinus kesiya), two “muong ngu” (Samanea saman), one “giang huong” (Pterocarpus macrocarpus Kurz.), and six "thong nang" (Dacrycarpus imbricatus).

All the trees are aged over 100. Notably, the “giang huong” in the forestry zone of the Thac Mo protection forest management board is nearly 450 years old.

In 2011, the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment launched a program to select and honor the country’s heritage trees in a bid to conserve their genetic resources and raise public awareness of environmental protection.

It also aims to contribute to the diversification and abundance of Vietnam’s flora and scientific research in the field. 

To win the honor, a tree must be at least 200 years old if it is a wild tree, and at least 100 years if planted. Moreover, it should be connected with historical and cultural characteristics of the area where it grows. Those which do not meet the criteria but hold special scientific, historical or cultural values can also earn the recognition.