11 Native Japanese Bushes That Will Beautify Your Garden

  • By: SFUAA
  • Date: April 21, 2022
  • Time to read: 4 min.

One of the best things about having a garden is that you can use it to grow plants from all over the world. If you’re looking for some traditional Japanese bushes to add to your garden, there are a few different varieties that you might want to consider.

Japanese Boxwood

Japanese Boxwood | Photo 189656711 © Istvan Balogh | Dreamstime.com

The Japanese Boxwood is a small tree or shrub that is native to Japan. It has dark green leaves that are oval in shape and it produces fragrant white flowers in the spring. The Japanese Boxwood is a popular ornamental plant and it is used in landscaping projects (such as topiary). It is also used in bonsai cultivation.

Japanese Barberry

Japanese Barberry | Photo 131180652 © Ryhor Bruyeu | Dreamstime.com

The Japanese Barberry is a bush that is native to Japan. This bush is known for its bright red berries, which can add a pop of color to any garden. It is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall under normal conditions but has gotten as large as 10′.

The Japanese Barberry has small, dark green and red leaves and produces small, red berries. It is a popular ornamental bush and is often used in gardens and landscaping. The Japanese Barberry is also a popular food source for birds.

Pieris Japonica (Andromeda Plant)

Japanese Andromeda | Photo 30389571 / Tree © Hanmon | Dreamstime.com

Pieris japonica, also known as Japanese Andromeda, is a beautiful evergreen shrub that grows up to 12 feet tall. It has dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers that bloom in the spring. Japanese Andromeda is easy to grow and makes a great addition to any garden.

Aucuba Japonica

Aucuba Japonica | Photo 110542902 © Simona Pavan | Dreamstime.com

Aucuba Japonica, also known as Japanese Laurel, is a beautiful evergreen shrub that is native to Japan. It has dark green leaves that are glossy and heavily textured. Certain varieties have gold spots scattered throughout their leaves.

The leaves are also quite large, making this shrub a good choice for providing privacy or shade. In the spring, Aucuba Japonica produces clusters of small, red flowers.

Japanese Maple Bush

Japanese Maple | Photo 146012817 / Tree © Maksims Grigorjevs | Dreamstime.com

The Japanese maple is a deciduous shrub or small tree that is native to Japan. It has graceful, weeping branches and small, delicate leaves that turn a beautiful red in the fall.

The Japanese maple is a popular ornamental tree that can be pruned into a shrub and is often used in landscaping. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil and can tolerate partial shade.

Japanese Cheesewood

Japanese Cheesewood AKA Pittosporum Tobira | Photo 150831363 © Simona Pavan | Dreamstime.com

Pittosporum tobira is a species of evergreen tree in the Pittosporaceae family. It is native to Japan and eastern Asia, where it grows in forested areas. It is also widely cultivated as an ornamental tree in other parts of the world. The tree produces small white flowers and yellow berries with red seeds.

Japanese Holly

Japanese Holly | Photo 219251679 © Yorozu Kitamura | Dreamstime.com

Ilex crenata, also known as the Japanese holly, is an evergreen shrub that is native to Japan. It is a dense shrub that grows up to 10 feet tall and has dark green leaves that are elliptical in shape. The Japanese holly produces small, white flowers in the spring.

Sacred Bamboo

Sacred Bamboo AKA Nandina Domestica | Photo 116629714 © Simona Pavan | Dreamstime.com

Sacred bamboo, also known as Nandina domestica, is a beautiful ornamental shrub that is native to Asia. It has red and green foliage and red berries that add a touch of color to any garden. Sacred bamboo is a popular choice for hedges and borders, and it can also be used to create a privacy screen. It is a low-maintenance plant that requires little care, and it is deer-resistant.

Hydrangea Macrophylla

Hydrangea Macrophylla | Photo 194670088 © Carol Bartlett | Dreamstime.com

Hydrangea macrophylla is a Japanese native that is prized for its large, mop-head flowers. The flowers come in shades of blue, pink, and white, and can be very showy in the right setting. This shrub is easy to grow and does well in a wide range of climates.

Satsuki Azalea

Satsuki Azalea Bonsai | Photo 221172780 / Tree © Khairil Junos | Dreamstime.com

Satsuki azalea is one of the over 40 Japanese native azalea species. It is a deciduous shrub that typically grows 5 to 6 feet tall and wide. The flowers, as expected of an azalea, are trumpet shaped and come in a variety of colors including white, yellow, pink, orange, and purple.

Camellia Japonica

Camellia | Photo 17487013 © Robert Keenan | Dreamstime.com

Camellia japonica is a shrub that typically grows to a height of 6 to 12 feet. It has glossy, dark green leaves and produces fragrant, white flowers in the late winter or early spring. Camellia japonica is a popular garden plant and is also used for landscape planting.

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