The Yaeho (やえほ) cultivar is quite old. It was registered in 1954.
However, this cultivar is very scarce and it isn’t being propagated much because tea farmers prefer to plant other tea cultivars.
History of Yaeho
This cultivar comes from seeds selected from an older cultivar with the same name, although written 八重穂 in Japanese.
The best seedling was registered as cultivar number 17 in 1954, under the name Yaeho.
Note that the original cultivar is often referred to as Sugiyama Yaeho, which is different from Yaeho.
Characteristics of Yaeho
There isn’t much information about this cultivar online.
Yaeho is an early budding cultivar with great vigor.
It has a very high yield at harvest.
The leaves are thick and medium in size.
While this cultivar is strong against cold weather, it is susceptible to a fungal disease known as the white scab.
As a sencha, it has a good shape and quality, with an aroma of chestnuts.