Ancient Bodhi Tree in Phu Yen recognised as Viet Nam Heritage Tree
Update: Aug 12, 2014
The Viet Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment (VACNE) has recognised a Bodhi growing at Hoa Tri commune, Phu Hoa district, Phu Yen province as a Heritage Tree.

The Bodhi tree, which was planted at Luong Van Chanh temple, Long Phung small village, Hoa Tri commune nearly 200 years ago, is 21m high and 3.8m in diameter. The scientific name of the tree is ficus religiosa.

The tree is the second in Phu Yen province to have received such recognition.

Earlier, twenty ancient mango trees over 220 years old, located on the campus of a Buddhist temple named Tu Quang or Da Trang in Can Luong village, An Dan commune, Tuy An district, were recognised as Viet Nam Heritage Trees.

According to official documents, the mango trees were planted by a Buddhist monk named Phap Chuyen in 1793. The mangos produced by the trees were delicious and were offered to the kings.

The recognition of these trees aims to raise awareness about the value of protecting nature in the local community.

So far, over 600 trees of 45 different species in 35 cities and provinces across the country have been recognised as Viet Nam Heritage Trees.