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List of Japanese Plants

Japan, a heavily populated country that contains more than 3,000 islands, is located along the Pacific coast of Asia. Japan is home to tall mountains such as Mount Fuji, dense green forests and miles of coastline. The country boasts a largely temperate climate. Gardeners who live in temperate zones throughout the world may cultivate a number of different Japanese plants in their home gardens.

Japanese Holly Fern

Inexpensive and easy to grow, Japanese holly fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) is a foliage plant that boasts deep green fern fronds and a round shape. A native of Japan, Japanese holly fern can be grown with ease in USDA Zones 6 to 11, and the plant will be evergreen in warmer areas. Japanese holly fern grows best in rich, acidic soil that is well draining. The plant should be watered frequently, and the fern will really thrive with a regular boost of liquid fertilizer. More tolerant of sun than many other fern species, Japanese holly fern can be planted in partial sun or full sun.

Japanese Spirea

Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica) is a bushy flowering plant native to Japan that is commonly used as a low growing shrub or as a ground cover plant. Japanese spirea sports thick, rich green leaves accented by dense clusters of creamy white or pink flowers, which appear from early spring until the end of summer. Japanese spirea is best cultivated in full sunlight in USDA Zones 5B to 7B. The plant will grow in a range of well-drained soils, from slightly alkaline to neutral or acidic. Ideal for a rock garden, Japanese spirea thrives in loose, sandy soils so long as it's watered frequently. Keep the soil evenly moist at all times during the growing season.

Japanese Privet

A native of Japan and Eastern Asia, Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum) is an easy-to-grow plant that is commonly used for formal, manicured hedges, though it also can be cultivated as a small tree. The plant boasts dense, glossy green foliage and small unremarkable white flowers. Easy to grow and sturdy, Japanese privet grows best in USDA Zones 8 to 10, in just about any kind of soil so long as it's kept moist (but not wet). Plant Japanese privet in full sun or partial shade, and keep an eye on it, as it can reseed and grow out of control if not monitored. Otherwise, Japanese privet requires very little care and can be used as a low maintenance hedge or privacy screen.

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