Name: The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Kanoudai (叶台のカヤ)
Type: Japanese Nutmeg-yew (Torreya nucifera)
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
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.
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?
This is a strong single-trunked nutmeg-yew. It’s got a great shape.
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.