How a ‘giant’ tree is evolving
A giant tree on an island in Indonesia, one of the last remaining examples of its kind in the world, is being transformed into a multi-million dollar project by a Japanese company.
The tree, a 1,500-year-old specimen called “Prairamu,” was discovered by a student and her teacher on a nearby island last year.
“It’s really a miracle that this tree is still standing,” said Tetsuhiro Tatsumi, a professor at Kyoto University who studies giant trees.
It was only after the teacher’s death that a local official recognized it as a giant tree and sent it to the Japanese university where it is being grown.
Its roots are now being planted on the university campus.
Tatsumi said the giant tree is the first giant tree he has seen in Japan.
Experts say the tree was a victim of natural disasters.
There was a landslide and the surrounding mountains were covered in ash, which was too heavy to carry away and so the tree succumbed to the damage, he said.
At the time of the landslide, the tree, which is about 5 meters (16 feet) tall, was a few hundred meters (yards) from the university.
In 2009, it had become the only known giant tree in the country, according to the Japan Forestry Association.
A Japanese university spokesman said the university’s project manager, who is also the chief of the tree-planting branch at the university, is doing the “most difficult work” to turn the tree into a large, multi-billion-dollar plant.
Prairemu is the only one of its type in the Pacific Ocean.
After the landslide and ash, the university sent it back to Japan for restoration.
When it arrived, the professor’s students asked him what they should do with the tree.
They decided to grow it into a huge garden with several trees, Tatsumis group said in a statement.
This is the result, it will be called.
The university is working hard to get the first tree planted as soon as possible, said a spokesman. More: