daisugi ancient japanese technique for growing trees out of trees

Daisugi: Ancient Japanese technique for growing trees out of trees

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

Daisugi:  Ancient Japanese technique for growing trees out of trees
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Daisugi:  Ancient Japanese technique for growing trees out of trees
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Daisugi:  Ancient Japanese technique for growing trees out of trees
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