Some 170 trees growing within a 2-kilometer radius of where the atomic bomb landed in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945 survived the blast. They have been designated as A-bombed trees, or Hibaku jumoku.
Since 2011, the organization Green Legacy Hiroshima has sent saplings from the trees to more than 20 countries — including Colombia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States — as symbols of peace and resilience.
The one-year-old saplings that will be planted in Avon come from a 250-year-old gingko biloba tree located in a 17th-century garden in Hiroshima. The saplings will stay at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain until they are acclimated to the New England weather in a year or two.
Sources: Town of Avon; Green Legacy Hiroshima