While there are so many forgettable and haunting relics from the unfortunate nuclear bomb attack on Japan during the World War II, this Bonsai plant is more in the category of amazing than regrettable.
The tree was the property of the Yamaki family, who were just a couple of miles away from the exact spot where the Americans dropped the N bomb killing an estimated 140,000 people.
But amazingly, Yamaki family along with the tree survived the blast unharmed. The tree was then gifted to the United States by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki in 1976, oblivious to the ironic connection of its history.
It was only until 2001 when Yamaki’s grandsons revealed its extraordinary history while visiting the collection. It’s currently placed in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.