Hibakujumoku is the name given by the Japanese to ancient trees that miraculously survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in August of 1945. Seeds were collected from these surviving trees – Persimmon, Camphor, Kurogane Holly and Ginkgo, and in 2012, gifted by the Japanese to South Africa as part of a global initiative known as Green Legacy Hiroshima, the seeds were grown at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens.
The seeds, now extraordinary saplings, they were replanted last week in ceremonies to promote peace, hope and resilience at Vergelegen Estate, Arderne Gardens and Stellenbosch University gardens, all of which are open to the public for viewing.
Furthermore, the historic tree forms part of an initiative to develop an extensive arboretum at Vergelegen. Ms Tomoko Watanabe, co-founder of the Green Legacy Hiroshima, was present to assist in this celebrated occasion. The oldest trees in the world have now been given more room to grow, flourish and be appreciated by garden lovers.