Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt Takao is located at the borderline of warm-temperature zone and cool-temperature zone and various plants from both zones grow. There are a lot of naturally grown plants and their visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers. Over 1,500 kinds of plants are confirmed which is relevant to the number of kinds naturally grow in England. Also, over 60 kinds of plants are first found in Mt. Takao such as Takao Sumire (V. yezoensis f. discolor) and Takao Higodai (Saussurea sinuatoides).

Acer amoenum
Acer amoenum Aceraceae
They are a deciduous tall tree that grows wild on a sunny but a little bit humid slope in the mountain area. Cortexes of young trees are tinged with green, while adult ones turn into gray-brown in color with shallow splits vertically. The trunk is about 60 cm wide. As they are one of variation species of Acer palmatum, the leaves are pretty larger. This is how they have another name ‘Acer amoenum’. The leaves are about 7 to 11 cm long, split into 5 to 9 like our padded palm with the sharp top and a finely full deck sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge. The blossom seasons are about April to May and they are monoecious trees. The ears of small 15 to 30 flowers have a male flower and an androgynous flower (Ryoseika: 1 flower has both a male stamen and a female stamen) bloom mixed. They have 5 flower petals tinged wth pale yellow and sometimes tinged with purple. In summer, they bear the winged seeds with the wings. Their characteristics of leaves are thin, bearing sparse trichome on the surface as well as dense trichome at the back of it. The blossom seasons are about May to June, when

●Height about 10 to 13 m
●Place Trail 1 to 4
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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