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).

Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa Cornaceae
Deciduous small trees found on wet areas in forests and grasslands in mountains. Barks on young trees are gray or brown and smooth. It peels irregularly with age and become patched patterns on aged tree. Leaves are 4 to 12 cm long, wide egg-shaped and opposite on tips of stems. Tips are pointed and leaf veins runs on the back. Turn red in autumn. The blooming season is from June to July. Twenty to thirty small flowers create spherical inflorescence with four white involucral bracts (covers the base of flowers, transformed parts from leaves) open like petals. Japanese name Yama-boushi was named because the shape of flowers resembling preacher with white hat on. After flowering, bear 1 to 1.5 cm in diameter spherical fruits. Turn to red from September to October and fruits are edible.

●Height about 5 to 10 m
●Place Trail 1, Mt.Inari
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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