Known for its culture and history, Japan is popular for being the home to some of the most beautiful trees. Japan has a rainy season between the spring and the summer that allows these trees to survive dry during the summer. Fall typhoons also provide plenty of water to let the trees live through the cold and dry winter. Here are some popular trees known in Japan.
Growing between 50 feet and 75 feet tall, the Japanese Pagoda has fern-like leaves and produces bundles of white flowers in the late summer into early fall. These flowers live for about one month. The bright green leaves are made up of 9 to 15 leaflets and can become 6 to 10 inches long. It thrives in the sun and grows to become a magnificent angelic beauty.
Native to northern Japan, Japanese Tree lilacs can reach between 20 feet and 30 feet in height and 15 feet to 25 feet in width. As it grows, it has a naturally rounded shape. They have dark green leaves that are stretch as long as 5 inches. These leaves grow in the early spring. They grow best in full sun but not in warm climates. In the early summer they begin to grow snowy like white flowers with a beautiful fragrance that gives the tree certain elegance.
Grown as ornamental trees in Japan, the Katsura tree can reach up to 100 feet tall. They naturally tend to grow in a pyramid shape. Their leaves are heart shaped and green with slight accents of red in the spring. They turn yellow and orange in the fall and blue green in the summer when they reach 2 to 4 inches long. Katsura also work best in sunny areas but is especially known for its spicy sent that it gives just before it loses its leaves in the fall.
The Japanese maple, popularly known in the United States comes in more than 400 varieties. Some grow to only 3 feet tall while the largest can grow up to 100 feet tall. These types of trees are known for their foliage which depending on the type can be red or green. Some are green with red veins. These trees grow best in most and well drained rich soil.
Mongolian Oak is a large tree that can reach 30 to 50 feet in height. The leaves are 4 to 8 inches long and 2 to 3 inches wide with wavy edges. They are dark green and turn into a pale green below. They change colors in the fall into rosy red and bronze. What is unique about the Mongolian oak tree is that it grows a massive root system that spreads twice the height of the tree.