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).

Robinia pseudoacacia
Robinia pseudoacacia Leguminosae
Deciduous small tree native to North America imported to Japan in early time of Meiji period. Planted throughout Japan and some became wild plants. Barks are light brown with net-like cracks. The Japanese name Hari-enju literally meaning needle Japanese pagoda tree because this plant resembles Japanese pagoda tree with spikes on branches. Another name is Nise-acacia literally meaning fake acacia because this plant blooms similar flower with acacia but with spines. 2.5 to 5 cm long and oval-shaped leaflets (leaf-like parts of compound leaves) are as one set. This becomes 12 to 25 cm long and alternate. The blooming season is May to June and inflorescence (flower stems) is dropping and bloom many white flowers. One flower is 2 cm long and smell sweet. Fruits are 5 to 20 cm long, 1.5 to 2 cm width and shell-shaped. Turn brown as they ripen.

●Height about 15 to 20 m
●Place Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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