Daisugi: Ancient Japanese technique for growing trees out of trees

daisugi ancient japanese technique for growing trees out of trees

The Japanese forestry technique for harvesting wood, daisugi (meaning “cedar table”), goes as far back as the 14th century to solve a seedline shortage in Kyoto.

The 700-year-old technique involves pruning a tree’s branches as if they were giant bonsai trees. In doing so, the mother tree provides a stable platform that supports the birth of new uniform saplings growing perfectly upward and knotless on top.

Therefore, the ancient method creates fresh timber — more than a dozen trunks — while preserving the original tree itself.

However, the ingenious forestry technique is no longer in use as it takes several years of active care and maintenance.