Mexico City.- Sacred to the Aztecs and studied by scientists, Ahuehuete is one of Mexico’s most representative native trees.Because some of its long-lived specimens were present in some of the country’s historical moments.
the name of this tree was ahuhute by the Aztecs or “water old man”, because it grows near aquifers such as lakes. This species used to be sacred to pre-Hispanic civilization and was used for rituals.
Today, ahuhete gained relevance as a tree to replace the palm tree found in the Reforma roundabout in Mexico City. The decision was made after a survey conducted in the capital, after it became known that avocados would be decimated by the fungus affecting it.
What is an ahuhute?
Taxodium mocronatum, scientific name for ahuehuete, is a national tree of Mexico that usually grows near streams, swamps and waterfalls. It is characterized by having a large diameter in the trunk, which can measure between 2 and 14 m wide, while its maximum height is 30 m.
ahuehuete can live for more than 500 years. One of the oldest specimens is the tula tree, located in Santa María del Tule, Oaxaca, which has an estimated age of 2,000 years.
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Another famous specimen in Mexico is Ahuhute where Hernán Cortés cried on the outskirts of Tonochtitlán after being defeated, later known as “The Sad Night”.