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Arboretum in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

What shape do you see?

(Hint: It is not a tree)

 
 
What shape do you see? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 11, 2020
1. What shape do you see? Marker
Inscription.  Most bonsai are modeled after natural trees in nature. However, about 400 years ago, it was popular in China to train potted trees into shapes of animals, especially the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, which includes the dragon. This tree was created to look like a Chinese dragon—its head on the right side; its tail is on the left. It is unusual to see a tree in this historical style outside of China, especially one made by a Chinese-American.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
Location. 38° 54.759′ N, 76° 58.121′ W. Marker is in Arboretum, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Meadow Road Northeast just west of Ellipse Road Northeast, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. If trees could talk... (a few steps from this marker); An Art Form Is Born (a few steps from this marker); Bonsai Pioneer (within shouting distance of this marker); Branching Out (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Timeless Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); The Knot Garden (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dioscorides Garden (about 500 feet away); Malus 'Roxbury' (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arboretum.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicAsian AmericansHorticulture & Forestry
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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