Definition of japonica in English:



  • An Asian shrub of the rose family, with bright red flowers followed by round white, green, or yellow edible fruits.

    Also called Japanese quince
    • ‘Underneath you could plant Mahonia japonica, a handsome all-year round shrub, with lily of the valley scented yellow flowers in early winter.’
    • ‘Catch up on the pruning and in particular the cutting back of spring-flowering shrubs such as Kerria japonica and winter jasmine.’
    • ‘The Japanese quince, Chaenomeles japonica, is one of the more common spring flowering shrubs to be found in our gardens.’
    • ‘A new shrub to our garden this year is the summer flowering Spiraea japonica Anthony Waterer which is still blooming here well into October.’
    • ‘Summer flower species such as Spiraea japonica flower on growth made in the current year.’


Early 19th century: modern Latin, feminine of japonicus Japanese.