Today, in China, many parts of che trees are used for a variety of purposes. The wood retains a dark honeyed hue when polished. It is also hard and fine grained, making it popular with woodworkers.
Che tree logs for sale at a timer market in China.
The wood is carved into a variety of wooden objects, including combs, calligraphy brush holders and Buddhist prayer beads.
Like the leaves of its cousin the mulberry (M. alba), dried che leaves are used for tea in China.