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).

Prunus jamasakura
Prunus jamasakura Rosaceae
They are an evergreen tree that grows wild at sunny low mountains. They are the most well-known one among wild cherry blossoms, and they blossom a little bit later than Prunus yedoensis, when at the same time young leaves are to be open in April. Cortex is dark bistered in color and horizontally-long lenticels show up. The trunk grows to be about 60 cm wide. This tree is planted as garden trees and trees lining the streets as well as is utilized for house furnishings and materials of musical instrument because wood building materials are compact with good smell. The leaves are long elliptically-shaped about 8 to 12 cm long, 3 to 5 cm wide with the finely sharp top as well as a sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge. In autumn the leaves turn into yellow or orange color. 2 to 5 of the flowers sprout beside the leaves on the branches that extended the previous year, about 2.5 to 3.5 cm in diameter, consisting of 5 flower petals, tinged with white or pale showy pink. The seeds are a spherical shape, about 8 mm in diameter, and get matured to black-purple in May to June.

●Height about 15 to 25 m
●Place Trail 1, Trail 5, Mt.Inari, Minami-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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