The four-year-old sapling -- grown from a cherry stone that spent time aboard the International Space Station (ISS) -- burst into blossom on April 1, possibly a full six years ahead of Mother Nature's normal schedule.Its early blooming baffled Buddhist brothers at the ancient temple in central Japan where the tree is growing... "A stone from the original tree had never sprouted before. We are very happy because it will succeed the old tree, which is said to be 1,250 years old."..By April this year, the "space cherry tree" had grown to around four metres (13 feet) tall, and suddenly produced nine flowers -- each with just five petals, compared with about 30 on flowers of the parent tree.It normally takes about 10 years for a cherry tree of the similar variety to bear its first buds.The Ganjoji temple sapling is not the only early-flowering space cherry tree.Of the 14 locations in which the pits were replanted, blossoms have been spotted at four places.
15 April 2014
"Cherry tree from space" behavior unexplained
Cherry trees grown from seeds that had been sent into orbit are exhibiting unusual behavior and blossoms: