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March

Kobus Magnolia, Magnoliaceae
Magnolia kobuss

Mid March - Late March
Known as "Compass Plant" because it indicates the directions with its blooming flower.
Named "Kobushi," meaning "fist" in Japanese, it has a seed that resembles a person’s fist.

Yulan Magnolia, Magnoliaceae
Magnolia denudate

Mid March - Early April
Yulan Magnolia is covered with thick velvet fur during the winter. In spring, prior to new leaves, large white flowers suddenly bloom at one time.

Dogtooth Violet, Liliaceae
Erythronium japonicum

Mid March - Early Apri
Known as "spring fairy," its sweet appearance has been referenced in poems since the Manyo period. It is one of the "spring plants" that buds in early spring; however, once other plants start to grow new leaves, it returns dormant in the ground.

Kawazu Cherry, Rosaceae
Prunus kawazu-zakura

Early March
Of the 250 cherry trees of ten varieties you will find on the Museum grounds, these Kawazuzakura trees are the first to bloom. Facing the pond in front of the Museum, their blossoms herald the arrival of the cherry blossom season.

April

Somei Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis), Rosaceae
Prunus yedoensis

Early April
This is a standard tree for the sakura zensen (cherry-blossom front).
The museum garden has roughly 120 Somei Yoshino Cherry trees.

Weeping Cherry, Rosaceae
Prunus pendura

Early April
Along the path at the back of the garden, 16 weeping cherry trees form a line.

Wild Cherry Tree, Rosaceae
Prunus jamasakura

Mid April
This tree represents the wild cherry blossom trees that wildly grow in the natural forest. It blooms white flowers and produces leaves at the same time. In front of the Swan Lake, we have three large old trees that are probably more than 50 years old.

Prunus Sato, Rosaceae
Prunus Sato

Late April
This is a dark, double-petaled pink cherry tree.
At the back of the trail, a cherry blossom tunnel appears. Our museum’s month-long blossom season ends with this cherry tree

Camellia, Theaceae
Camellia

April
Native to Japan, the camellia has been popular since ancient times. Red and white camellias bloom next to each other in this park.

Viola, Violaceae
Viola

April - May
Dark purple flowers and long slim leaves are the characteristics of this flower.
They wildly grow on the bank of the nature trail.

Urashima Plant, Araceae
Arisaema urashima

April - May
This plant has a grotesque purple black flower.
It is named for the string that extends from the end of the flower in reference to the fishing rod of "Taro Urashima." During late autumn, sweet-corn-like, vermilion color seeds appear.

Rhododendron / Rosebay, Ericaceae
R. Jean Marie

Late April - Mid May
Around the entrance of the museum, colorful large flowers bloom.

Cephalanthera falcate, Orchidaceae
Cephalanthera falcate

Late April - Mid May
Growing in the thicket, golden flowers can be found.
This plant has decreased in numbers rapidly due to the recent trend of excessive picking of wild mountain plants. This plant is a symbol of the rich nature of the museum site.

Kurume Azalea, Ericaceae
Rhododendron obtusum

Late April - Early May
"Azalea Mountain" is located on the other side of the lake. It has large plants that are 50 years old and two kinds of small young plants. At the end of April, these plants bloom together as an expansive, dark crimson carpet.
*Located in the DIC Central Research Laboratory, access by the public is limited to certain times.

Japanese Wisteria, Fabaceae
Wisteria floribunda

Late April - Early May
As a wild plant, its pendulous racemes are about 30cm and relatively short.
During the blooming period, there is an elegant scent near the wisteria trellis.

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