It’s A Rainbow, It’s A Roof, Or It’s A Tree? This 146-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan

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This 146-Year-Old Wisteria in Japan which looks like a pink sky is a beautiful wisteria tree that lies in Ashikaga Flower Park. This tree has often been deemed the most gorgeous tree in the world. It also happens to be the oldest tree and largest tree to currently exist in Japan. This historical fact attracts many tourists and even locals to come visit the park just so they can look at this amazingly beautiful tree.

With branches protruding out half-a-mile long, standing beneath this tree makes you truly feel like you’ve slipped into another world. A world where an enchanted pink sky hangs like a canopy overhead.

The tree originally dates back to the year 1870. Now at the age of 146-years-old, the branches of the tree are getting help to stay up by the support beams that have been placed under them. Plus, the beams help portray the tree as kind of a flower umbrella, with pink colors all above those who stand underneath it.

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The ginormous vines stretching out of the tree are held up by steel rods placed throughout. Otherwise, the weight of the branches would cause the tree to collapse in on itself–potentially trapping awed visitors inside!

You can see the rods supporting the heavy vines of the wisteria, wisteria that do not have a surface to grow up, or support them, will fall and start to grow into a large heap. The pink and purple blooms typical to the wisteria tree are spread wildly throughout, extending far and wide.

Planted around the year 1870, this tree has since brought so much delight. The wisteria is at its peak beauty between mid-April and mid-May.

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Depending on what time of day you visit, the lighting changes offering a world of diversity. Beware, even though this tree appears beautiful the seeds that it sheds are actually poisonous.

A part of the pea family, the light brown to pale green seeds shed by the wisteria is rather large. Not only are they poisonous, but they are also explosive. When left out unattended, they are known to explode, pooping open and splitting apart with a loud sound.

Japan’s large wisteria is not the only one, nor is it the largest. There is a wisteria located in Sierra Madre, California that stretches an entire mile long and weighs over 250 tons. This wisteria was planted back in 1894.

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Wisterias look like they have regular tree branches, but they are actually vines. These vines can climb up any nearby support systems, and can grow as tall as 20 meters. Within one year they can grow 10 feet!

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Within only a few years a wisteria can gain a substantial amount of weight. Still, the wisteria will take its time developing to the point where it produces blooms, some take several years.

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Wisteria symbolizes “passionate love” or “obsession” in the Victorian language of flowers. Hence the name, Wisteria really has a way of luring people in.

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