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Queen’s crape myrtle trees in An Giang recognised as VN Heritage Trees

One of three queen’s crape myrtle trees in An Giang Province recently recognised as a Viet Nam Heritage Tree. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Mao
Viet Nam News

AN GIANG — Three queen’s crape myrtle trees in An Giang Province have been recognised as Heritage Trees by the Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE).

The announcement was made in a meeting held last Friday in Cho Vam Town in the province’s Phu Tan District.

One of the trees is 215 years old and the other two are 305 years old, according to Banh Thanh Hung, an official from the province’s Forest Protection Division.

The trees have an average height of more than eight metres with a trunk circumference of four metres.

Truong Thanh Nhan, vice chairman of the Phu Tan District’s People’s Committee, said the three trees, which have large trunks and niches, were used to help revolutionary-era cadres hide documents and evade the enemy during wartime.

The official recognition by the VACNE was given as part of its effort to promote environmental protection and preserve biodiversity. The association also aims to raise awareness in the community about nature conservation, beautiful landscapes, and cultural and historical values.

Another five trees in the province have previously been recognised as heritage trees, including a 400 year-old dau (dipterocarpus alatus) tree, a 700-year-old dau tree, a 500-year-old tamarind tree, and two 300-year-old litchi trees.

In 2009, a 400-year-old banyan tree in the province’s An Phuoc District was recognised as the largest banyan tree in Viet Nam. — VNS

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