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10 Common Type of Trees Used by the JIA as Markers

In the previous post, we covered the “balete trees” and many of you guys wanted to know the other type of trees commonly used by the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) as markers to their hidden Yamashita treasures. As a treasure hunter myself, I can answer this issue based on my own personal experiences.

Here are the following 10 common types of trees used by the JIA as markers:

  1. Coconut Tree

Coconut trees are very common here in the Philippines. If you do not know, these trees do have a very important role to the Philippine economy. But when it comes to marking, they were commonly used by the JIA as markers due to their sturdy characteristics where they don’t easily break. Even strong typhoons will pass, other kinds of trees around will have to fall down first before them.

Based on my own experience, if coconut trees were used by the JIA as markers, they were the one responsible for planting them. Thus, the item is often buried right underneath the coconut tree that they planted.

Maybe one other reason why the JIA used coconut trees in marking their hidden treasures is due to the trees’ lifespan. You have to know that coconut trees do have a lifespan that ranges from 60 to 80 years old. So if the JIA planted them as markers way back in 1944 to 1945, these trees in this year of 2020 are now at the age of 75 to 76 years old. This means that they only have a few more years left before they will be completely gone.

  1. Mango Tree
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Mango trees are also one of the favorite types of trees used by the JIA in marking their hidden Yamashita treasures. But unlike the coconut trees where the JIA most likely buried their treasures underneath, mango trees are not. They preferred to use old huge mango trees that already existed during their time which are sturdy enough to stand through long periods of time.

According to my own research, there are some kinds of mango trees that have a lifespan that could go over 300 years old.

When it comes to the treasure deposit spot of the item, it could be under the mango tree itself life like the other previous trees mentioned above. Or, the item could also be inside the body of the tree. And, it can also be somewhere at the side.

But just like the belete, mango trees are also the favorite type of trees where spirits find them as good dwelling places.

  1. Bamboo Tree

Bamboo trees just like the previously mentioned trees above are a very common type of trees in the Philippines. The JIA often used them as markers by planting them on top where they had buried their Yamashita treasures. Based on my own personal experiences, the JIA more commonly used the “Yellow bamboo tree” as markers.

Bamboo trees do have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years. They do have a short lifespan but constantly, new saplings quickly grow as replacements. This is what makes bamboo trees able to stand through time which makes them perfect for marking.

They may not grow tall enough and they do not have big bodies, bamboo trees are unlike all common trees around. It’s because they are sturdy and will remain standing even if a strong typhoon will pass across them.

  1. Acacia Tree
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You may be surprised to know that acacia trees were brought by the Americans in the Philippines way back in 1860. Fortunately, these trees are compatible on the Philippine soil so they end up flourishing throughout the land. So when the JIA occupied the Philippine in 1941, there were already many huge acacias around.

The only problem with the acacia trees is that they have short lifespan ranging from 7 to 20 years old. However, there are some special kinds that could reach a lifespan of 50 to 100 years old. So when it comes to using them as markers, the JIA made sure that they used acacia trees that will surely stand the test of time.

But just like the balete trees, acacia trees are a favorite dwelling place for the spirits. So if it happens that a certain treasure has been buried under or near it, there is a high possibility that it is now being guarded by these unseen entities.

  1. Bitaog Tree
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Bitaog trees can be found in different regions of the Philippines and they can grow up to a height of 14 to 35 meters high. But among all the bitaog trees in the Philippines, the most popular one is the centennial bitaog tree found in the province of Agusan del Norte.  Based on the information that I acquired, this centennial old tree is now aged over 500 years old. In 1998, it gained the title as the oldest tree. So at this age, the JIA surely came across this old large tree and possibly used it as a basis for marking.

You have to know that when it comes to centennial old trees, it is likely that there are spirits dwelling on them. So whether the old tree has a treasure hidden near it or none, it is still best to respect the tree and its unseen dwellers to avoid misfortune.

  1. Banana Tree

Banana trees can be found in almost every place in the Philippines. You may be surprised to know that the Philippines is one among the top 5 exporters of banana fruits around the world.

When it comes to the lifespan of banana trees, they often reach an age of 15 years old. But just like the bamboo trees, banana trees can quickly grow new replacements.

It is very common for the JIA to use and plant banana trees as markers on top of their treasure deposit spot. But what usually happens to fruit bearing trees used as markers planted on top of the treasure deposit spot, they often tend to have abnormal shapes and fruits. In some cases, they don’t grow tall enough as compared to their normal kinds.

  1. Pine Trees

Pine trees were also used by the JIA as markers to their hidden Yamashita treasure deposits. During the near-end of WW2, the JIA retreated on top of the mountains because it was the best place for them to hide. And on the mountains, pine trees were very common.

Since they could not carve markings on the body of pine trees, the JIA usually reshaped them quite differently to easily differentiate them as markers.

  1. Bonsai Tree

It is actually very surprising to know that they do have a significant long range lifespan. According to my research, bonsai trees can reach a lifespan of over 1000 years old. This is probably the main reason why the JIA often used these kinds of trees as markers.

In most cases, if you happen to discover a bonsai tree used by the JIA as a marker, the item can be recovered directly underneath it.

  1. Kalachuchi

Kalachuchi is a very popular flower bearing tree in the Philippines which makes them as perfect decorations for the surroundings. Although, kalachuchi trees are small where they can grow to a height of only 3 to 7 meters.

Just like the bonsai tree, if you happen to encounter kalachuchi used as markers by the JIA, the item is buried right underneath it.

  1. Balete Tree
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And finally, we have the balete tree which has already been covered in the last previous post.

Other than the trees that I have covered in this post, there are also many other kinds of trees that were used by the JIA as markers to their hidden treasure deposit. But whatever kind of trees that they used as markers, what’s really important is that you should be able to identify them as legit markers. And, you can use them as clues in determining the exact spot where the item is hidden.

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