The forest cover in the Philippines has been gradually reduced through the years due mainly to commercial development. Despite this, there are still some trees in the country that have stood the test of time. These trees are now a part of the heritage of the towns and cities where they are located. One of these trees can be found in the town of Tuburan, particularly the barangay of Jagbuaya.
The Heritage Tree of Jagbuaya in Tuburan is around two centuries old and has seen history unfold. The tree is a Dao tree, which is a forest tree with huge roots to support the weight of its thick canopy. It is a part of the Dracontomelon Dao and is also known as the Argus pheasant tree or the New Guinea walnut tree. The species is considered threatened and is a part of the “Red List” of the International Conservation Union. These trees typically grow in swamps and lowland areas in southern Asia. Aside from the Philippines, the tree can also be found in India and southern China.
The diameter of the Heritage Tree of Jagbuaya in Tuburan is around seven meters. Since the tree is not located along the national highway, it is necessary to ask residents for directions to get to it. The tree may not look impressive when observed from afar, but once visitors would be amazed at its immense size once they would stand beside it.
The Philippines is blessed with around 3500 species of trees. Since a number of these species are now considered threatened, it is important for every Filipino to work on protecting them for future generations. The Heritage Tree of Jagbuaya in Tuburan is one tree that survived many generations and continues to stand up to this date.
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