(National Institute of Ecology-Yonhap News)

An olive tree, over 300 years old, has blossomed in a year and a half after it was exhibited in Korea.

The National Institute of Ecology under the Ministry of Environment announced on the 5th that it has confirmed that a white flower of about 1 cm in size has blossomed on the 20th of last month in an olive tree on display at the Ecorium Mediterranean Pavilion at the National Ecological Center in Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do.

The blooming olive tree was introduced in Murcia in southeastern Spain in 2017 and is one of the three olive trees on display at the National Institute of Ecology since December 2018.

This tree is 2m in diameter and 2m in total height, and is over 300 years old. This is the first time this olive tree has blossomed since its exhibition in Korea in 2018. The white flowers are expected to be in full bloom in the middle of this month, according to the National Institute of Ecology.

The olive tree is an evergreen woody plant representing the European Mediterranean ecosystem, and its long age allows it to live for more than 2,000 years.

Park Yong-mok, head of the National Institute of Ecology, said, “It is the result of the continued management of the flowers,” and said, “I will manage the olive tree more carefully so that not only flowers but also fruits can be seen next year.” ()

Source: The Korea Herald


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