|A trunk of the oldest Thị (Diospyros decandra) tree is seen in Thăng Bình District of Quảng Nam Province. A group of three trees have been recognised as heritage trees. — Photo Quảng Nam Portal |Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NAM — A group of three thị (Diospyros decandra), a tropical tree of the Ebony family, in Quảng Nam Province’s Thăng Bình District have been recognised as Heritage Trees.
The Việt Nam Association for the Conservation of Nature and the Environment (VACNE) said the three trees, which are located in Châu Khê Village of Bình Sa Commune, were planted by the village’s ancestors centuries ago.
The oldest one, which is believed to be around 240 years old, is 18m high and 0.80m in diameter, while the other two are 220 and 170 years old.
The three trees surround the 1873-built village’s worship temple of mandarin Châu Văn Đình, who was conferred by King Gia Long for his contribution of expanding the country’s territories southward.
This kind of tree is often grown close to temples or pagodas in rural areas in Việt Nam.
Last year, a group of 725 gigantic pơ mu trees (Fokienia hodginsii), some more than 1,000 years old, in Tây Giang District was included on the national heritage list.
Another two Ficus trees aged more than 700 years old in the district were given national heritage recognition.
According to VACNE, 25 species of trees have been recognised as Việt Nam Heritage Trees in the Red River Delta. — VNS