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Japanese cherry trees to blossom in Ha Noi

Update: December, 12/2012 - 10:18

HA NOI (VNS)— A total of 300 cherry trees were planted yesterday in Long Bien District of Ha Noi, part of a project to bring Hanoians Japan's iconic flower.

The plan, which involves planting around 1,000 cherry trees bearing peace messages in the capital city, is part of a master project to spread the famous flowers all over Southeast Asia.

The project is being conducted by Sanae Miyasugi, president of Chuo University in Tokyo and Suzuki Mari, president of the International Scientific Consultants Inc - ISC, in collaboration with the Cherry Blossom Association of Ehime Prefecture.

According to Mari, the 1,000-tree-plantation project kicked off in 2010, when Ha Noi celebrated its millenial anniversary. Named Yoko, the type of tree was selected for its ability to stand up to the weather in Ha Noi.

About 5,000 Yoko cherry trees have been cultivated in Mexico, Italy, Turkey, the Philippines and the US.

The project began with the experimental planting of 300 cherry trees in the northern province of Son La seven years ago. After many trees grew to be over 2.5m and blossomed after three years, the project was continued in other cities.-VNS

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