The plantlets have been planted in the special introductory quarantine nursery-garden, said the supervisor of the Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences Veronica Timofeyeva. The plantlets will be checked for possible diseases and parasites for almost a year. Besides, the adaptation possibilities of the Japanese trees in Belarus will be studied.
The Japanese friends presented five types of sakura to Minsk authorities, and if the trees survive the cold winter, another batch of 200 plantlets will be delivered to Belarus. Next year the national symbol of Japan will be planted near the National Library and in the Sendai Park (near the Belarusian State Musical Theater).
The Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences is one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe with a square of 153 hectares and 9,000 kinds of plants. Once this number hits 10,000 the garden will enter the top-ten of the best botanical gardens in the world.