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Green Legacy Hiroshima was established to safeguard and spread the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees worldwide. It is hoped that many partners will join this initiative and become active ambassadors in their countries of Hiroshima, its peace message and its green legacy.

グリーン・レガシー・ヒロシマは広島の被爆樹木を守り、その種や苗木を世界中に送り届けるために設立されました。多くのパートナーがこのイニシアチブに参加し、自分たちの国における広島と平和のメッセージ、「緑の遺産」の大使となってくれることを期待しています。


The Green Greetings Project was launched by GLH partner and committee member at the Chugoku Shikoku Hakuhodo market design department on August 6, 2005. Click here to view the website.


Click here to read a message from GLH Coordinator Nassrine Azimi.


Partners in Profile features Roger leivers - Author and Historian, Godmanchester, United Kingdom.


A mini documentary on composer Steve Heitzeg's Green Hope After Black Rain which had had its world premiere at the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, the Sister Orchestra of the Nagasaki Symphony Orchestra, was recently released. To view the full performance, click here. To view the mini documentary, click here


The online science journal IFL Science has just published a piece by journalist Tom Hale on Hiroshima and Nagasaki's hibakujumoku. It gives a wonderful overview of the hibakujumoku and their history, as well as the work of GLH. To read the full article, click here.


GLH Regional Hub the San Diego Botanical Garden (SDBG) has been raising new species of the hibakujumoku seedlings, such as the Citrus natsudaidai (Summer orange) and Ilex rotunda (Kurogane holly,) increasing the varieties of saplings available on the American continent.


On June 18th, 2024, GLH held a committee meeting. Present were the GLH secretariat including coordinator Nassrine Azimi; co-founder Tomoko Watanabe; tree doctor Chikara Horiguchi; and delegates from Hiroshima Botanical Garden, Hiroshima Prefectural Government, and Chugoku Shimbun Hakuhodo (who runs Green Greetings).To read more, click here.


GLH co-founder Tomoko Watanabe and master gardener, Chikara Horiguchi, attended a series of events organized by partners in Norway. They had a chance to visit the Ginkgo sapling sent by GLH to Oslo University Botanic Garden. To read more, click here.


An article was written in the Yomiuri Shimbun about six camphor and thirteen ginkgo hibakujumoku that survived a massive forest fire. New leaves have sprouted from these trees, encouraging residents during the recovery process. To read the article, click here (Japanese).


GLH Regional Seed Hubs

San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in San Diego, California and the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Northern Ireland

We are delighted that the SDBG and CAFRE have agreed to become GLH regional seed hubs. We hope their help will facilitate sharing A-bombed tree seeds with more partners in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Latin America.


Compilation of historical and other information on Hiroshima’s Hibakujumoku

GLH has started to search and compile archival information on the Hibakujumoku. This is work in progress and an iterative process, and we welcome all additional contributions to help us ensure the veracity of the information on the history of Hiroshima’s A-bomb survivor trees.

To read, click here.


Japanese Pamphlet 日本語パンフレット


See here for 2023-2024 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.

Latest Updates

International Committee of the Red Cross
International Committee of the Red Cross - July 2024

Akiko Perona, UNITAR chief of communications who was instrumental in helping us plant a hibakujumoku sapling at ICRC, sent us photos of the tree as it stands (July 2024) — a magnificent specimen, clearly ICRC gardeners have taken good care of Hiroshima’s green ambassador of peace.

Activities in Hiroshima
Activities in Hiroshima - July 2024

On June 18th, 2024, GLH held a committee meeting. Present were the GLH secretariat including coordinator Nassrine Azimi; co-founder Tomoko Watanabe; tree doctor Chikara Horiguchi; and delegates from Hiroshima Botanical Garden, Hiroshima Prefectural Government, and Chugoku Shimbun Hakuhodo (who runs Green Greetings). The topics discussed were Tomoko Watanabe and Chikara Horiguchi’s trip to Norway, English translation of Green Greetings material and seed distribution.

Oslo Botanical Garden
Oslo Botanical Garden - June 2024

GLH co-founder Tomoko Watanabe and master gardener, Chikara Horiguchi, attended a series of events organized by partners in Norway. They had a chance to visit the Ginkgo sapling sent by GLH to Oslo University Botanic Garden and to give talks on Hiroshima and the Hibaku-jumoku in Oslo and Stavanger, thanks to partners Andreas Løvold and Ekuko Naka.  They also attended a special exhibit organized through the Ullandhaug Botanical Garden in Stavanger. To read the transcript of Tomoko’s speeches, click here. They also attended a special exhibit organized through the Ullandhaug Botanical Garden in Stavanger. To read the transcript of Tomoko’s speeches, click here. Click here to view the announcement for the event at Natural History Museum, Oslo University.

Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery
Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery - May 2024

GLH is pleased to introduce its newest partner, the Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery, along with Roger Leivers, a local World War II historian and author who initially contacted us with a request for seeds. The wonderful GLH regional hub coordinator, David Dowd of CAFRE, stepped in and sent hibakujumoku Hackberry, to be nurtured by the Godmanchester Community Plant Nursery. This collaboration symbolizes a shared commitment to history, peace, and environmental stewardship, as captured in a snapshot at the nursery's orchard, where the seeds will eventually be planted.

San Diego Botanic Garden (Regional hub)
San Diego Botanic Garden (Regional hub) - March 2024

GLH Co-founder and coordinator Nassrine Azimi met with our marvelous partners at the San Diego Botanic Garden — Ari Novy, Jeremy Bugarchich and Joe DeWolf in March. She was also delighted to see SDBG’s young Ginkgo settling comfortably in its new home there, and seedlings of other hibakujumoku, like the Citrus Natsudaidai (Summer Orange) and Kurogane holly growing at the SDBFG nursery.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - March 2024

We are delighted to learn that Jo Brennan of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria could receive today a batch of hibakujumoku Ginkgo seeds, hand delivered by GLH partners Virginia McNally and Dominic Napoleone of the University of Melbourne. Under a shining sun, a small handover ceremony was set against the backdrop of one of the Gardens' flourishing Ginkgo specimens. The seeds are currently undergoing cold stratification in the Gardens' nursery as they prepare to be sowed. We extend our gratitude to all involved for their efforts to make this exchange happen.

V.F.F. Research Institute Mare Nostrum e.V.
V.F.F. Research Institute Mare Nostrum e.V. - January 2024

In June 2017 GLH sent seeds to the Research Institute Mare Nostrum, who since have diligently documented the process. The Mare Nostrum website features images of the seeds, and the flowchart below, detailing application, arrival and sowing of seeds. It also has a detailed technical analysis that includes step-by-step images and explanations for germinating the seeds. Gratitude for the care and efforts of Peter Bauckmann from Mare Nostrum and Shuichi Hamatani from the Hiroshima Botanical Garden.

University College Cork Arboretum
University College Cork Arboretum - October 2023

University College Cork (UCC) recently hosted Japan's Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Norio Maruyama. During his visit, the Ambassador had the opportunity to explore UCC's remarkable tree collection, with a special emphasis on the second-generation A-bomb survivor trees from Hiroshima. For a detailed report on this visit, please visit this link. Photo credits: Max Bell (UCC).

National University of Singapore Tembusu College and Singapore Botanical Garden
National University of Singapore Tembusu College and Singapore Botanical Garden - October 2023

Dr. Nura Abdul Karim has forwarded pictures of the Camphor tree taken at the Singapore Botanic Gardens as well as its plaque. According to Dr. Abdul Karim, the Camphor tree is still growing and doing well with the tropical weather of Singapore.

Umuco Mwiza School, Rwanda
Umuco Mwiza School, Rwanda - August 2023

We recently received a new picture of two Persimmon hibakujumoku in Rwanda, seen here on each side of our partner, Ms. Marie Louise Kambenga Ntwali.