Where does the oldest Sakura tree grow in Japan?

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Some cherry trees have already become the symbols of Japan. The most famous Sakura grows in the city of Hokuto (Yamanashi province). The tree “Sakura of the age of the gods” is about 2000 years old and it has received the title of a national monument of nature. It even has its own name – Jindai Zakura. The diameter of its root system is 13.5 meters.  Another famous tree can be found in Fukushima Prefecture – “Sakura-waterfall in Miharu” is older than 1000 years. The names of cherry varieties reflect the number of petals: flowers with 5 petals are called hitoe, with 5-10 petals -hanayae, with 10 or more – yae.