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The Sievers apple trees are revived in Almaty region. Dozens of seedlings were planted in order to preserve the gene pool of these trees. The Sievers apple trees are grown on the slopes of Dzungarian Alatau, Tian Shan and Tarbagatai mountain ranges. This type of apple tree appeared 165 million years ago. In 2002, British biologist and geneticist, Barry Juniper, proved that the Sievers apple is a progenitor of a majority of cultivars.
Currently, it is endangered and included into the Red Book. Thereby, the National Nature Park was created. The festival of blossoming is organized every year to popularize the apple tree. Both locals and tourists arrive to see the apple trees. This year alone, more than 500 tourists visited the Dzungarian Alatau. “Our Sievers apple is no different than the Japanese sakura. The unique tree is beautiful, pleasing to the eye and it sets a good mood. The main goal of such events is to draw the attention of people on the need to preserve the apple tree,” said Staff of Dzungarian Alatau National Nature Park, Aidana Turysbekova.
The Government adopted a tourism development program for 2019 and 2020. The Sievers apple trees were included in this program. 40 species of the Sievers apple trees can be found in the Dzungarian Alatau. The trees grow at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. Seedlings grow naturally in a special nursery. Experts said that the Sievers apple tree does not grow anywhere else, it is grown only in Kazakhstan. Many scientists were involved in its study. These varieties of apples have long gained popularity around the world.