From left: Deputy Counsel General Kazuhiro Uryo, Japan; SFRPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg; President and Founder of URI, The Right Rev. William E. Swing; San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed; former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz; Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz. (Photo courtesy of San Francisco Recreation and Park Department)

Two saplings, descendants of ginkgo biloba trees that survived the 1945 atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima, were planted during a ceremony at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The trees were planted as part of an event that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear disarmament.

The ginkgos, also known as maidenhair trees, are second-generation descendants from ginkgo trees that were charred but survived bombing of Hiroshima. They are among seeds and saplings from the A-bombed trees now growing in more than 20 countries as part of the effort for a nuclear-free planet.

“For generations to come, San Francisco residents and visitors will be able to visit these trees in the Japanese Tea Garden and reflect on the importance of a nuclear-free future,” Mayor London Breed said.

United Religions Initiative, a global grassroots interfaith organization, held the ceremonial planting to tie into the United Nations’ International Day for Peace on Sept. 21 and the International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Sept. 26.