The Giant Trees of Tochigi #29: The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai

#29 The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai
Here stands the Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai.

Number: 29
Name: The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai (叶台のカヤ)
Type: Japanese Nutmeg-yew (Torreya nucifera)
Height: 21m
Trunk Circumference: 5.7m
Age: >300 years
Location: 栃木県鹿沼市口粟野叶桑沢 (36° 30′ 47″N 139° 39′ 44″E)
Date of Visit: 2012-4-30

#29 The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai
Arranged up a hill as it is, it's a nice place for a cemetary I guess.

In Awano, near the western edge of the central part of town, there is Kiyotaki Temple. The temple cemetary is about 300m west of it, on a hill called Kanoudai. It’s a pretty great cemetary, actually. The entrance to the cemetary is a narrow road just east of the fence for the Awano Lunch Center, on the north side of Prefectural Road 15.

#29 The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai
The naming committee wasn't very original, it must be said.

At the front of the cemetary is a nutmeg-yew — this nutmeg-yew, as it happens. It’s a designated natural monument, but the official name given to it is just 「カヤの木」, “Nutmeg-yew Tree”. But there are lots of nutmeg-yews hereabouts, so let’s call it the Kanoudai Nutmeg-yew, shall we?

#29 The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai
Behold the mighty trunk. BEHOLD IT.

This is a strong single-trunked nutmeg-yew. It’s got a great shape.

#29 The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai
Looking back down the hill.

Apparently, wild monkeys sometimes cause mischief here, and people visiting their family graves are warned not to feed them, though the monkeys will probably eat any food left behind by mourners on their own. I wonder if the monkeys climb this tree when they come visiting.

#29 The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai
The Nakai family graves are nestled at the base of the tree. What a nice place.