On Monday 19 March 2018, Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, planted a Pinus roxburghii (Chir pine) in lower Central Valley at the National Arboretum Canberra. Ms Joy Burch MLA speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly welcomed her Excellency.
The Chir pine, native to the Himalayan region, grows to a height of 30m - 50m and is tolerant to heat and drought.
Ceremonial trees planted from around the world
The National Arboretum Canberra is home to over 44,000 trees from more than one hundred nations. Many Australian and international leaders and public figures have planted ceremonial trees at the National Arboretum, including Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwell.
Through ceremonial tree plantings and other special events, the National Arboretum Canberra builds partnerships with local, national and international organisations, individuals and communities to further its role in global tree conservation and research.