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).

Chaenomeles japonica
Chaenomeles japonica Rosaceae
Deciduous shrubs found in sunny riverbanks in mountains. Lower parts of trunk grow horizontally and have many spines on branches. Leaves are 2 to 5 cm long obovate and alternate. Have round tip with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). The blooming season is from April to May and male flowers and female flowers exist on one tree. Two to four flowers with male flowers and bisexual flowers (stamen and pistil coexist in one flower) bloom on the tip of branches before leaves open. Flowers are about 2.5 cm in diameter and have five petals. Fruits are about 3 cm in diameter and not complete round-shaped. Turn yellow as they ripen. It looks like pears at first and have nice perfumes but it is too hard and bitter and not suitable for eating in raw. Are also called as Shidomi and salted or fruit liquor.

●Height about 30 cm to 1 m
●Place Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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