The Japanese yew tree (ichii; Taxus cuspidata) that stands on terraced ground on the left side of Myozenji Temple’s Shoromon Gate was planted to mark the completion of the temple’s main hall in 1827. The tree is approximately 11 meters tall and has a distinctive branching trunk that splits into several thick parts near the base, making the tree appear as if it consisted of a cluster of separate trunks when viewed from certain angles. Japanese yew trees grow very slowly, but the wood is relatively soft and easy to sculpt, and has traditionally been used as material for ornamental carving in the area covered by present-day Gifu Prefecture.
This English description is provided by the "Multilingual Commentary Project 2021" of Japan Tourism Agency.
||Myozenji Temple: Yew Tree
||Gifu Prefecture Designated Natural Monument
||Designated on November 13, 1974
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