|The Japanese White Pine Bonsai (Photo by Ragesoss)|
It just goes to show: care for anything long enough, and love will win out.
Faiz Siddiqui of The Washington Post reports that there is a “mushroom-shaped” Japanese white pine in the National Arboretum of Northwest Washington that began its life in
This bonsai tree has been lovingly fussed over every single day for of all these centuries. This care has included daily watering and inspection for insects. The tree has also been “rotated for the sun twice a week and repotted on occasion.”
The maximum life expectancy of this 390-year-old wonder had actually been 200 years. That it has so far lived an additional 190 years is just part of its miraculous story. Siddiqui explains that it also survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima in August 1945.
Living only two miles from the epicenter of the blast, the tree had been nurtured by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki. That Yamaki ended up donating this treasure to the country which dropped that bomb is perhaps the biggest miracle of all.
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