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 macrophylla
Cornus macrophylla Cornaceae
Deciduous small trees found in wet slopes and valleys in mountains. Barks are dark grayish green and young trees have vertical stripes. The ones on adult trees crack shallowly and trunk becomes 30 cm width. The Japanese name Kumano-mizuki was named because many of this plant grow in Kumano area in Mie-prefecture and this plant is in a cornaceae family (Mizuki in Japanese). The entire plant is similar to cornel but this plant have skinnier leaves and bloom one month later than others in a cornaceae family, around June to July. Leaves are 6 to 15 cm long, 3 to 7 cm width, elongated oval-shaped and many are near tips of stems. Have pointed tip with white short hair. Bloom 7 to 8 mm in diameter yellow-white flowers densely on inflorescence. After flowering, bear 5 mm in diameter andspherical shaped fruits. Turn black-purple as they ripen from July to October.

●Height about 8 to 12 m
●Place Trail 1, Trail 5, Mt. Inari
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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