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Usuzumi-zakura Cherry Tree
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The Usuzumi-zakura cherry tree in Usuzumi Park is estimated to be more than one thousand years old, and has been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan. It is characterized by its flower buds being light pink, then turning white when in full bloom, and a light black color when they drop. Its name, ”Usuzumi-zakura,” comes from the light black color (usuzumi-iro, in Japanese) of the flowers when they scatter.
995 Neoitasho-ji Jodan, Motosu, Gifu
The old tree is also known because of renowned author Ms. Chiyo Uno calling for its protection when it was about to die. Many people visit it during the cherry blossom season in order to see this old tree which, just like the phoenix, came back to life after several operations. Visitors should be aware of the heavy traffic during the cherry blossom viewing season.
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