Will you believe, if I say there is a Bonsai Tree which is about 400 years of age? Obviously, It’s hard to believe and in truth, it is still alive, housed in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
This Bonsai tree (Japanese White Pine) was planted in 1651 and is presently 391-year-old which has survived several disasters, including the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. The tress has been preserved for generations by Yamaki family, who in 1945 lived just two miles far from the spot on which American forces dropped the bomb that slaughtered an estimated 140,000 people. Somewhat incredibly, the tree and the Yamaki family survived the blast relatively unharmed.
The Japanese White Pine is currently housed in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. In 1976, the bonsai family gifted the tree to the United Sates, and in fact the staffs in the U.S. National Arboretum were unaware of the white pine’s connection to Hiroshima until 2001, when Yamaki’s grandsons explained its extraordinary history while visiting the collection.