The East Java city of Malang is set to name three types of trees as Heritage objects. According to a report by kompas.com, the three trees to be included on the list are the monkeypod tree, the canarium tree and the beringin tree, also known as Ficus benjamina.
Malang acting mayor Sutiaji said the government was currently collecting data on the aforementioned trees in the area, which have been planted over many decades.
“It is recorded that the area is home to heritage trees,” Sutiaji said recently.
Besides being home to old-aged monkeypod and beringin trees, Sutiaji noted that Malang was home to more canarium trees than other cities. There are 145 such trees in Malang, many of which were planted during the Dutch colonial era and spread along Jl. Diponegoro.
“We’ve listed the canarium trees. There are more than in other cities. The monkeypod trees, meanwhile, are more than 100 years old. The same goes for the beringin trees,” Sutiaji said.
The monkeypod trees can be found around Tugu Square in Malang, such as in front of the Tugu Hotel and Malang’s Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) building.
Meanwhile, the more than 100-year-old beringin trees can be found in the city’s Merdeka Square. Sutiaji plans to record data on the trees that will be designated as heritage objects in the hopes of increasing tourism.