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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 NameEnglish NameLatin NameNative Habitat
ajisai Hydrangea Hydrangea spp.  
akebi Fiveleaf Akebia, Chocolate Vine Akebia quinata Central China to Korea and Japan 
aoki Japanese aucuba Aucuba japonica  
asebi Japanese andromeda Pieris japonica  
botan Tree peony Paeonia suffruticosa moutains in NW and SW China 
fuji Wisteria Wisteria floribunda, W. multijuga mountainous areas, marsh, freshwater shore 
hagi Bush Clover Lespedeza bicolor var japonica  
hakuchoge Japanese serrisa Serissa foetida  
hisakaki/sakaki Eurya Eurya japonica deep mountains, marsh, or along a pond/lake shore 
jinch˘ge, chinch˘ge Winter Daphne Daphne odora Western China, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan 
kanamemochi Japanese photinia Photinia glabra  
kinmokusei Osmanthus Osmanthus aurantus  
kirishima tsutsuji Kirishima Azalea Rhododendron obtusum  
kuchinashi Cape jasmine Gardenia jasminoides  
Manryo Coral Berry/Ardisia Ardisia crenata woods in warmer areas 
masaki Evergreen Euonymus Euonymus japonica  
mitsuba tsutsuji Azalea Rhododendron dilatatum  
miyama kirishima Azalea Rhododendron kiusianum  
mochi tsutsuji Big sepal azalea Rhododendron dilatatum  
mokkoku  Ternstroemia japonica  
mokkoku  Ternstroemia gymnanthera  
mukuge, hachisu Althea; Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus native of China 
nanten Heavenly bamboo Nandina domestica  
nezuminochi Japanese privet Ligustrum japonicum  
renge-tsutsuji Azalea Rhododendron japonicum  
sasa, kozasa, ozasa Bamboo Grass Sasa kozassa deep mountains 
sata tsutsuji Azalea Rhododendron sataense  
satsuki Azalea Rhododendron indicum, R. eriocarpum mountainous areas; marshy areas, freshwater shores 
satsuki Satsuki azalea Rhododendron jateritium  
satsuki, hirado tsutsuji Azalea Rhododendron indicum mountainous areas; marshy areas, freshwater shores 
sazanka Sasanqua camellia Camellia sasanqua  
senryo Senryo Chloranthus glaber forests 
shakunage Rhododendron Rhododendron spp.  
shashanpo  Vaccinium bracteatum  
tsubaki Japanese Camellia Camellia japonica var hortensis  
Tsukubane-utsugi Japanese Abelia Abelia grandiflora Japan, south of Hokkaido 
umemodoki Japanese winter berry Iles serrata var sieboldii  
yadome, inutsuge Bush holly Ilex crenata deep mountains 
yama tsubaki Common Camellia Camellia japonica  
yama urushi Wild Sumac Rhus trichocarpa deep mountains 
yamabuki Kerria Kerria japonica marsh or pond/lake shore 
yama-tsutsuji Torch Azalea Rhododendron obtusum var. kaempferi mountainous areas; marshy areas, freshwater shores 
yatsude Japanese aralia Fatsia japonica prefers a partially 
yukiyanagi Thunberg spiraea Spiraea thunbergii  




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