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).

Abelia spathulata
Abelia spathulata Caprifoliaceae
They are a deciduous shrub that grows wild at such sunny places as in the pool and in the forests at the mountain areas. Their thin branches frequently diverge to form dense beds. Cortex of young trees is tinged with reddish brown, while the one of old trees turns into gray-brown, irregularly cracks to be peeled off. The leaves are wide egged-shaped about 2 to 5 cm long, with a sawtooth (sawtooth: Kyoshi, serrated edges like a saw serrated edges at the tip of a leaf) at the edge. The blossom seasons are about May to June, and 2 of pale yellow flowers spout at the short top on the branch that extends that year. The flowers are hanging bell-shaped and swollen in the middle, about 2 to 2.7 cm long with the top split into 5 and orange-tinged patterns inside. The seeds are rod-shaped about 8 to 14 mm long with 5 calyxes remaining like airscrew. This appearance is compared as a rotor blade of Hanetsuki, which is the reason for their name. The seeds get matured in September to November, and then are carried away by wind.

●Height about 1.5 to 2 m
●Place Trail 5, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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