Description: Natural habitat of the Chinese fringetree, about 200 years old, 10m to 20m tall.
Designation: National “natural treasure”
Comment: The Chinese fringetree has an unusual distribution in Japan, with no natural habitats except for the Tokai region of the Kiso River valley and Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture. Discovered in this area in 1825, it was given the name hitotsubatago in Japanese. It is a tall, deciduous, broad-leaved tree of the Oleaceae family, with white blossoms that bloom in May. The trees are a pleasant sight full bloom, when they appear to be laden with snow. They are also popularly known as “nanjamonja trees”.