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Japanese Garden Plants
This is where to find details on plants. We don't have a lot of images, but we'll be providing articles and details as we are able. If you have materials to contribute or gaps to fill in, please let us know.

Japanese Name:shii-no-ki, sudajii 
English Name:Japanese Chinquapin 
Latin Name:Castonopsis cuspidata 
Family:Fagaceae 
Sub Type:EVERGREEN 
Native Habitat:deep mountains, central and southern Japan 
Light: 
Soil:moist, fertile soil 
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Height:30 m 
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Last Updated:3/18/2001 
Details: This large, fast-growing evergreen has a globular form and can reach 80 ft (25 m) in hieght. Its leaves are elliptical in shape and quite hard. Its early summer flowers become conical nuts in the fall.

This tree prefers moist, fertile soil, but it is capable of growing reasonably well even in poor soil. It makes a good urban tree as it withstands smoke, fire, pruning, and topiary. It transplants very well and is propagated with seedlings.

Because the tree can grow quite large, it is often used as either the main tree in a garden, a tall border hedge or as a forest tree in a park. In addition to its freqent use in gardens, its wood is useful as building material and the seeds are edible.



Varieties:
f. Awanoi Nakai (shidare-itaji)
Castanopsis cuspidata Schottky (tsuburajii) - has a similar morphology to sudajii





Sources:
Kitamura, Fumio and Ishizu Yurio. Garden Plants in Japan. Tokyo: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1963, p. 49.

 




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