390 years old bonsai (Pinus Strobus) that survived atomic bomb to get honored

The 390 years old and the oldest bonsai tree that survived the atomic bomb in World War II will be honored on Thursday, marking the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
White pine tree from Japan. National Arboretum in 1976. (Amanda Voisard/Washington Post)

The Japanese white pine is recognized as the oldest specimen in the bonsai collection at Washington, D.C.’s National Arboretum.

The tree was originally donated to the Arboretum by a bonsai enthusiast named Masaru Yamaki as part of a gift of 53 trees for the Arboretum’s National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in honor of the U.S. bicentennial.

No history of the centuries-old bonsai was mentioned when it was given. Nobody knew that it actually lived through the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

None until two brothers showed up at the Arboretum to check on the tree that was donated by their grandfather. The brothers then informed officials about the real story.

Pinus strobus or white pines are native to eastern North America. They grow well on well-drained soils. They prefer cool and humid climates.

Pinus strobus are usually grown as an ornamental tree.

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