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Plants of Japan <Illustrations>
by A..S. E.

You can take a closer look at native plants of Japan.

Chamaecyparis obtusa
(conifer)

Cryptomeria japonica
(conifer)

Japanese common name: Hinoki. Top-grade lumber. Cypress family. Extends from Fukushima prefecture southward.

Common name: Sugi. Redwood family.
Along with Hinoki, this is also a top-quality lumber. Widely distributed from northern Honshu southward. Coast Redwood, Giant Sequoia and Dawn Redwood also belong to the same family. the Taxodiaceae.

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata var. heterophylla

Viburnum phlebotrichum

Japanese common name: Nobudo. Vine family. often weedy; bears blue and purple berries in fall; not edible. The distribution range is from Hokkaido to the Ryukyu islands.

Common name:Otokoyozome.A shrub or small tree. A member of the Honeysuckle family. Ranges on the Pacific side of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu islands.

Lithocarpus edulist

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Common name: Matebashii An evergreen broadleaf belonging to the Beech family; bears acorns larger than those of true oaks. Its native range is southern Japan, though planted across the country. All but one member of this genus grow in Asia; Lithocarpus densiflora (Tanbark Oak) is distributed in California and southern Oregon, USA.

Cowbery, Japanese common name: Kokemomo. An evergreen shrub belonging to the Heath family; grows in or at the edge of the Subalpine forest. The berries are edible.

Leontopodium japonicum

Tricyrtis hirta

A species of edelweiss, Japanese common name: usuyukiso. belonging to the Sunflower family, grows on dry rocky soils in the montane zone. Distribution range: Honshu, Kyushu.

Toad Lily, Japanese common name: hototogisu, a shade-loving monocot belonging to the Lily family. The petal-like lobes are white with purple speckles. flowering time: September - October. Distributed from southern Hokkaido to Kyushu.

Cerasus xyedoensis

Cerasus speciosa

A representative of Japanese cherries. Japanese common name: Somei Yoshino. Flowering time: late March - early April.
A hybrid and usually sterile.  Grows fast and short-lived, rarely living to be 100 years old.
@Beauty and longevity seldom go hand in hand?

A flowering cherry inferred to be a parent (the father) of Cerusus x yedoensis; which is supported by DNA analyses. Bears fragrant white flowers together with young leaves. Original distribution: the Izu islands.

Smilax china

Epilobium cephalostigma

A thorny vine belonging to the Lily family with alternate leaves and cirrates. Bears yellowish green flowers in early summer.

Camellia japonica Camelllia sasanqua
Japanese camellia, one of the camellia species native to Japan. Usually occurs in evergreen broad-leaved forest. Commonly known as sasanqua or autumn camellia. The bloom color is white in the wild.