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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:sotetsu 
English Name:Japanese sago palm 
Latin Name:Cycas revoluta 
Family: 
Sub Type:EVERGREEN 
Native Habitat:southern Japan only 
Light:sunny 
Soil:dry site 
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Height:3-4 m 
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Last Updated:6/26/2004 
Details: This dieocious native of southern Japan, China and the Ryukyu Islands is a primitive plant, dating to the Mesozoic era. Their trunks can be either single or branching and grow 10-20 ft in height with an 8-10 ft. diameter rosette of palm fronds on top. The male and female plants are almost indistinguishable except the size of the florette-like cone produced in summer. They grow very slowly, but require little care other than to remove dead leaves and transplant fairly well. They are a prominent feature of temple gardens in southern Japan (particularly Kyûshû), particularly along the coast, but when wrapped for the winter, they can also be grown in colder climes (there is an example at Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyôto. This variety is also often used as a bonsai plant. The seeds have medicinal applications.





For further reference:
Japanese Garden Society of Oregon. Oriental Gardening. New York: Pantheon Books, 1996, p. 64-65.

Kitamura, Fumio and Ishizu Yurio. Garden Plants in Japan. Tokyo: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1963, p. 19.

Okita and Hollenberg. The Miniature Palms of Japan. Weatherhill, 1981.

Betty Richards and Anne Kaneko, Japanese Plants, Tokyo: Shufunotomo, 1988, p. 70-71.
 




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