If you are looking for a great reference book on garden plants of Japan then look no further than for this exquisite volume with full colour photographic examples of the diverse range of Trees, Shrubs, Climbing plants, Herbaceous plants, Bamboo and Sasa plus Grasses, Ferns and Mosses. ISBN: 0-88192-650-7 -Hardback. It was published in 2004 and the forward is by E. Charles Nelson with acknowledgements by Ran Levy-Yamamori and Gerard Taaffe.
The detail of each plant is superb and the photographs are excellent showing the plants in their natural and man made settings. It you are looking for useful facts and information then this is the book for you as it has fantastic detail around the key plants of Japan and the tree section expands on the main species and provides a useful list of related species and cultivars.
It is recommended as a must have on your book shelf as a great reference book plus as a manual for horticultural advice and a source of inspiration and an insight into the landscapes of Japan.
If you want to learn about the different species of Japanese plants that lend themselves so well to Bonsai and Niwaki then peruse through this wonderful volume as it holds a wealth of information and provides propagation guidance as well as pruning and positioning of the species and a whole lot more useful information.