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Jinhae’s iconic cherry blossom trees fall victim to disease

by Haps Staff
haps Magazine Korea

With spring and cherry blossom season just a few weeks away, authorities in Jinhae have noted that a large amount of the trees are succumbing to disease.

It is nothing new, however, for cherry blossom trees to show symptoms of disease as many have a lifespan of 60 years.

The trees are said to be suffering from bacterial and mycoplasma disease, viruslike pathogens that cause buckskin disease in cherry trees.

In diseased branches, flowers do not bloom, only small leaves come out tightly, and then they die.

The city of Changwon, however, is investing 450 million won to tackle the problem.

The control work is centered on trees and forests in Jangboksan Park where the disease is relatively frequent, Anmingogae Hill and also Yeojwacheon Stream.

They plan to cut 2,540 branches from the cherry trees in the park and forest district as well as planning to cut down 1,331 diseased trees.

The Jinhae district plans to have all work completed by the end of March in time for the Jinhae Gunhangje Festival, one of the biggest spring festivals in Korea.

Celebrating its 57th year, the famous Naval Port Festival began in 1952 while Jinhae’s cherry trees first outbreak happened in 2001.

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