Common Japanese Flowers

Japan is an island nation located in eastern Asia. There are many different varieties of flowers that are native to this country. Flowers have played a crucial role in Japan's culture, whether they appear in tranquil zen gardens or in parks during the blooming of cherry blossoms in the beginning of the spring. They are commonly used in design and decoration, as well. Floral designs often appear on kimonos, which are Japan's traditional attire.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are perhaps the best known of all Japanese flowers, as well as the most celebrated. They are the flowers that are produced by the Sakura cherry trees in the beginning of the spring. Cherry blossoms are mostly entirely white, with a touch of light pink. The blossoms hold deep symbolic meaning in Japanese culture and depict mortality, as well as great beauty and rapid death. They also symbolize the forever changing nature of life, strong good luck, affection, love and the springtime.


Lotus is known in Japanese as "hasu." It is an aquatic flower that is scientifically referred to as Nelumbo nucifera. Lotus flowers carry strong spiritual significance in the religion of Buddhism (many Japanese people are Buddhists). The plants are planted within the soil of the bottom of the river or the pond, and its leaves float on the surface of the water. The flowers rise slightly above the water and have thick stems. Lotus flowers only exist in different shades of white and pink.


Hydrangeas are popular and common flowers in Japan, where they are called "Ajisai." Hydrangeas originate in eastern and southern Asia, particularly in the countries of Japan, Korea, China and Indonesia. The majority of hydrangeas are shrubs that are between 3 and 9 feet in height. However, taller varieties grow to around 20 feet tall (such as Pee Gee hydrangea). The plants are either evergreen or deciduous. Most hydrangea species are white, but certain varieties can be deep purple, pale purple, pink, red or blue. The soil's acidity level (pH) determines the color of the flower. White and blue hydrangeas result from acidic soil conditions, while alkaline soils produce pink or purple varieties, instead.

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