The 4000-year-old cedar of Abarkouh, in
the southeastern province of Yazd, is in need of special
According to environmental experts, the ancient tree is
considered one of the rarest natural heritage of the
world and its antiquity can be a good reason for it to
be registered as a natural historical heritage.
According to the mayor of Abarkouh Ali Mohammad Rastgar-Panah,
studies by the natural resources department of Tehran
University show that clearing the surrounding area of
the ancient tree and reviving its natural ecosystem are
vital for preventing its death.
"Based on a plan drown by the natural resources
department of Tehran University, and in association with
the Cultural Heritage Organization, the lands around the
tree, now in possession of Abarkouh's municipality, are
going to be converted into parks, to improve
environmental conditions for revival of the tree, added
Cedar tree is indeed among the world’s unique phenomena.
Standing twenty-five meters high, this cone-like and
evergreen tree has a diameter of sixteen meters.
scientist, Professor Alexander, estimated its age to be
about 4000 years. Some botanists have surmised it to be up
to 7000 years old.