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TREES & plants

Tree and plant descriptions

  • Japanese Flowering Quince

    Chaenomeles japonica
    A low-growing, spring-flowering shrub with dark green shiny leaves. Growth habit changes with cultivars often reaching 3 to 4 foot high. Bright orange-scarlet flowers appear after the leaves emerge. Most stems have thorns, so avoid planting near sidewalk and heavy traffic areas.
  • Japanese forest grass

    Hakonechloa macra
    Japanese forest grass is a low-growing grass that can be planted close together to form a ground cover. There are some interesting cultivars that provide color in the landscape.
  • Japanese hydrangea vine

    Schizophragma hydrangeoides
    Japanese hydrangea vine is an excellent vine for wood or stone fences, walls, and arbors. It attaches to hard surfaces by root-like holdfasts. Cinnamon-brown bark and large, white lace cap flowers in late June add to the beauty of this climbing vine.
  • Japanese kerria

    Kerria japonica
    Japanese kerria is a lovely 4 to 6 foot high shrub with upright to finely textured arching stems. Plants are especially attractive when abundant bright yellow flowers open in the spring. The bright green, arched stems add winter interest in a naturalized garden and makes an excellent choice for perennial shade borders. In recent years a stem blight disease has made this plant difficult to find in nurseries.
  • Japanese larch

    Larix kaempferi
    Japanese larch is a sun-loving, deciduous conifer native to Japan. The 70-foot-high pyramidal tree has slender, pendulous branches, and clusters of bright green needles that turn a golden yellow in the fall before dropping.
  • Japanese magnolia

    Magnolia kobus
    Japanese magnolia or Kobus magnolia is a medium-sized tree native to the forests of Japan. The early spring, goblet-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers are tinged with pink. In late fall clustered seed pods split open to reveal red seeds. Seeds are attractive to birds.
  • Japanese maple

    Acer palmatum
    Varying in size from large shrub to small tree, Japanese maple is a species with many variations. Many cultivars are available with different characteristics such as finely dissected leaves and weeping branches. Not all cultivars are fully hardy in zone 5 and may need protection in winter.
  • Japanese scholar tree

    Styphnolobium japonicum (Sophora japonica)
    Japanese scholar tree is an interesting member of the pea family. In summer, the tree produces clusters of creamy white flowers that have a mild fragrance. The "pea pods" that follow the flowers are unusual in that they are constricted between each seed, giving the fruit the appearance of a string of beads. Despite its name, this tree is really native to China.
  • Japanese silver grass

    Miscanthus floridulus
    Japanese silver grass, is also referred to as giant miscanthus to separate it from the smaller species of miscanthus that is commonly found in gardens. Giant miscanthus can grow up to 14 feet tall and can be overwhelming in smaller gardens. It is a warm season, clumping grass. Borderine hardy in zone 5.
  • Japanese Spirea

    Spiraea japonica (syn. spiraea x bumalda)
    Japanese spirea is a favorite of many gardeners, offering a wide range of sizes and cultivars. The dense, compact habit, large clusters of late spring and summer flowers in pink or white, with excellent fall color provides many seasons of care-free enjoyment in the landscape.