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Japanese iris

Japanese Iris

Iris ensata

Native to Japan, these irises feature sumptuous blossoms 4 to 12 in. across on slender stems to 4 ft. ...

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Larix kaempferi, photo courtesy of Ernst Kucklich

Japanese Larch

Larix kaempferi

Native to Japan. Most frequently planted larch in theWest. Fast growing to 60 ft. ortaller, 20–30 ft. ...

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Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum

Native to Japan and Korea. Slow growing to 20 ft. with equal or greater spread. Normally many-stemmed....

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Sophora japonica

Japanese Pagoda Tree

Sophora japonica

Native to China, Korea. Grows at a moderate rate to 50 to 70 ft. high and wide. Young wood is smooth, ...

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Japanese Pittosporum

Pittosporum tenuifolium

From New Zealand. To 15–25 ft. tall, 10–15 ft. wide. Similar in form to P. eugenioides...

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Pittosporum tobira

Japanese Pittosporum

Pittosporum tobira

From Japan. Dense, rounded growth 6–15 ft. (rarely to 30 ft.) tall and wide.You can remove lower...

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Japanese Plum and hardy hybrids

Japanese plum

Japanese plums bloom earlier (and so are more susceptible to frost damage) than European plums, and pr...

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Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum)

Japanese Privet

Ligustrum japonicum

From Northern China, Korea, Japan. Grows 10 to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide, with dense, compact habit. Rou...

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Japanese Red Pine

Pinus densiflora

Native to Japan. Grows rapidly when young, ultimately to 40–60 ft. tall (to 100 ft. tall in perf...

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Carex morrowii

Japanese Sedge

Carex morrowii

From Japan. To 1 ft. high, 1 1/2 ft.wide, with shiny, drooping, medium green leaves. Good edging plant...

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Japanese Snowball

Viburnum plicatum

To 8–15 ft. tall and wide; horizontal branching pattern gives plant a tiered look. Strongly vein...

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Styrax japonicus

Japanese Snowdrop Tree

Styrax japonicus

Native to eastern Asia. Grows to 30 ft. tall; often narrower than high in youth, but spreads as wide o...

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