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Iconic tree in Taitung recovering well, still drawing tourists

Iconic tree in Taitung recovering well, still drawing tourists

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) A landmark bischofia javanica tree in the southeastern county of Taitung, which was uprooted by Typhoon Matmo last July, is recovering well, drawing large numbers of tourists in the canola flower season. Standing in a picturesque rice field, in which farmers are now growing canola as fertilizer before the start of the rice planting season, the tree is beginning to put out leaves. In 2013, the 7-meter-tall tree was central to an EVA Airways TV commercial in which Japanese-Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro (???)could be seen sipping tea in its shade. Due to the popularity of the actor, it has since been called King Cheng-wu (???) tree. Since the storm last year, the tree has been tended by professional arborists. There is now a sign under it that reads "I am hurt -- please don't shake me or step on surrounding soil." A stone sculpture in the shape of a teapot now sits under the tree, which is carefully wrapped and supported. Despite its damaged state, the tree continues to attract hundreds of tourists who cycle on paths through the canola fields. One of the tourists, Chang Xu from Shanghai, said both the tree and the flowers in the field are impressive. "I hope the tree would grow healthy again. It's beautiful around here," he said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 03:38 GMT+08:00