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).

Aucuba japonica
Aucuba japonica Cornaceae
They are evergreen shrubs that ordinarily grow wild under the forests in the countryside. Cortex of young trees is shiny green color with thin gray-brown stripes and horizontally long lenticels. When grown adult trees, they are vertically split shallow and turn to gray-brown. As red matured seeds remain on the tree to pass the winter till next spring, they are popular as an ornamental garden tree. On the contrary, the seeds remain white color, they are called ‘Aucuba japonica Thunb. f. viridiflora Makino’, which was discovered at Mt. Takao for the first time and given this name in 1908. The leaves are wide elliptically-shaped about 8 to 20 cm long with the sharp top as well as with sawtooth (Kyoshi: tooth-like rough part like a saw at the root of a leaf) at the edge. The blossom seasons are about March to May and a dioecious plant (Shiyuuisyu). Numerous small purple-tingled flowers shoot at the inflorescence (Kajo: stalk blooming flowers) sprouting from the limb of the branch that extended the previous year. The seeds are long elliptically-shaped about 2 cm long, which get matured in December to May.

●Height about 2 and 3 m
●Place Trail 1 to 6, Mt.Inari, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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