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Yurihama town tree: the Nashi Tree 梨の木(町の木)

2013.11.05 (Tue)

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The century-old nashi tree at Hisami, Yurihama

湯梨浜町久見

The nashi, or Japanese pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) is a plant belonging to the Pear genus in the Rose family. In spring, the nashi tree is filled with beautiful white flowers, and in autumn with large ripe fruit. The flourishing production of the 20th century nashi (link) in the Togo area of Yurihama since the end of the 1890s has led to the Togo nashi becoming a well-known brand. The town’s pioneers worked hard to overcome many hurdles, such as black spot disease, and build this fruit current reputation. Near Togo Junior High School there still stands a nashi tree that is over a century old. With a trunk diameter measuring 1.98m and branches spreading 14m from east to west and 18m north to south, it is protected as an important symbol of the town’s nashi production.

梨はバラ科ナシ属に属する植物で、春には美しい白色の花が咲き乱れ、秋には大きな実が熟します。湯梨浜町は明治30年代後半から二十世紀梨の生産が盛んで、東郷梨は一大ブランドです。黒班病など幾多の困難を先人の努力により乗り越え、今日の名声が築き上げられました。東郷中学校東側にある樹齢百年を超える老木は、幹周り1.98mで東西14m、南北18.5mに枝を車輪状に張る大木で、梨産地の象徴として大切に見守られています。

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