This 391-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Has Survived Hiroshima and Keeps on Growing

This remarkable bonsai tree was planted in 1625, and has been around for nearly 400 years.


The tree at one point belonged to the Yamaki family, who (in 1945) lived just two miles away from Hiroshima, the spot where American forces dropped the bomb that killed an estimated 140,000 people.

Incredibly, the tree and the Yamaki family both survived the blast relatively unharmed.

The bonsai currently resides at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C, and was given as a gift to the United States by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki in 1976.  The staff at the arboretum didn’t become unaware of the tree’s connection to Hiroshima until 2001, when Yamaki’s grandsons explained its extraordinary history while visiting the collection.

More info: US National Arboretum (h/t: mymodernmet)

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