This giant Usuzumi-zakura (literally, the cherry tree depicted in light shades of ink), is thought to be over 1,500 years old. It is 17.3m tall, measures 9.4m around the trunk, and has a maximum spread of 24.2m. A designated natural treasure of Japan, it was, according to legend, planted by Emperor Keitai in the 6th century. The name, Usuzumi, comes from the petals which change color subtly from faint pink when they bud to white in full blossom, and then assume a sooty tinge when they are ready to fall. The tree wilted for a time in the early 20th century but the local residents' conservation efforts restored it to health. Tree doctors still attend to the tree on a regular basis. (No sound)
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