August 03, 2021
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Rustlings of Pyongyang Maple

Date: 22/06/2021 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

One day in June 1953, the last year of the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953), President Kim Il Sung came to a stop beneath a maple while taking a stroll in the garden—he found many seeds fallen on the ground under the tree which he had not seen the previous day.

It was the season in which other trees were still covered with green foliage, but the tree already began to shed its seeds—it was quite uncommon. And it was commonplace that maples transplanted to an urban area from a mountain hardly turned red. However, the tree was tinged with different colours in harmony.

Gathering the seeds scattered on the ground the President gave them to an official, saying that they should be planted in a tree nursery to be propagated. Thinking that the workers of the tree nursery had never seen such seeds before, he cut a leafy branch of the tree and gave it to the official to take it together with the seeds.

The seeds sent by the President sprouted and grew well, spreading branches. And the trees were widely spread across the country, striking their root deep in the life of the people. Later, the President named it Pyongyang maple.

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