Happy 200th Birthday to the “Most Beautiful Tree in the World”

The Wisteria tree is a beautiful sight to behold. But is the Wisteria tree in Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi, Japan really live up to the title of the “most beautiful tree in the world?” Let’s take a look at the history of this tree and decide for ourselves!

Looking like something out of a storybook fairytale, this Wisteria tree “stretches across more than 600 meters of trellis installed to support the weight of its branches and blooms.” These trees have a beautiful range of colors, including purple, pink, white and hints of blues. The flowers dangle down like Christmas lights, with some of them almost touching the ground below.

The tree’s home in Ashikaga Flower Park is essentially DisneyLand, but if you’re really into flowers. The park is a major tourist attraction, with nearly 2 million people visiting the park every year.

What’s the Secret to Keeping This Tree So Beautiful? 

It’s not some magical fairies keeping these trees so beautiful, it’s hard working landscapers! These landscapers are dedicated to preserving the tree’s natural beauty and awe. Since the tree is 200 years old and has a large number of blooms, the tree needs a lot of attention in order for the branches to stay up. The park even installed beams to support the branches, which creates that cloud, umbrella-like cascade of flowers.

What’s the Best Time to See the Tree?

It’s said the best time to visit the tree is when it is in full bloom from mid-April to mid-May. This is when the park hosts their “A Tale of the Wisteria – the Great Wisteria Festival” event.

So, is the Wisteria tree in Ashikaga Flower Park really the most beautiful thing in the world? That’s up for you to decide! But one thing is for sure: This 200-year-old tree is definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Tochigi, Japan.

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