Century-old tree preserved in Ha Tinh national park hinh anh 1The near-root section of the newly discovered 1,000-year-old fokienia tree. (Photo: baohatinh.vn)

Ha Tinh (VNA) - A tree that is believed to be 1,000 years old was recently discovered in Vu Quang National Park in central Ha Tinh province.

Fokienia or Fujian Cypress tree, scientifically known as fokienia hodginsii, is listed as a vulnerable species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list due to increasing logging for its timber.

Local authorities are yet to recognise the tree as a heritage tree.

According to the park’s director, Nguyen Danh Ky, its research team discovered the giant tree in a newly found fokienia population in the 550sq.km park.

The tree is 30m tall and its body near the root section has a diameter of 2.2m.

Ky said the park authorities worked with tree-ageing experts to determine the tree’s age, and initial results show it to be some 1,000 years old.

The tree is one among many old trees in a fokienia population found at a height of 1,445m above the sea level in a primary forest area near Lao border.

Another 1,000-year-old fokienia tree in Xuan Lien National Park in neighbouring Thanh Hoa was recognised as a heritage tree in 2013.

To be recognised as a heritage tree in Vietnam, a tree must be more than 200 years old.-VNA