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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety One - 14 May 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety One - 14 May 2023 - Page 4

The old blackberry tree in Taft

Several old trees aged between 400 years and 3,800 years have so far been identified in various provinces of Iran. The trees are not only among the most important genetic resources, but also considered a treasure for those who are involved in restoring renewable natural resources of the country.
Mirhashem is the name of an old blackberry tree in a village with the same name. One of the oldest in Taft, the central province of Yazd, it has grown far from agricultural fields of the region on the slopes of Zardin Mountain. A large number of people visit this region every summer to pick very delicious blackberries grown on its branches, wrote.
The locals believe that the tree is more than 700 years old, but considering the diameter of its trunk and the average growth rate of similar trees in the region, the age of the tree has been estimated at between 350 and 400 years.
The old tree of Yazd Province is one of the most important natural attractions of the desert area, which can draw many visitors to the region and improve the ecotourism sector of the province.
Mirhashem village is located in a mountainous region of Taft. Due to its higher elevation compared to other surrounding areas, the village, with desirable precipitation level and access to water resources, has a diverse vegetation cover.
Grown in a land with a very gentle slope, fertile soil, and a variety of vegetation, this tree can be seen from a long distance.
The old blackberry tree is located in a plain leading to inaccessible heights in a bed of bushy plants. As far as the eye can see, there is only this tree!
Registered on Iran’s National Heritage List, the tree is very popular among the locals and its offshoots have become big and fruitful trees in many homes.


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