At first glance, the forests of eastern North America and much of temperate Asia appear very similar. While many genera in these two areas are the same or closely related, there are also striking differences between the floras of these regions. In Asian forests, there is often a prevalence of broadleaf evergreen trees, such as oaks and laurels. Areas with monsoonal climates frequently exhibit subtropical plants such as gingers,bamboos, and elephant ears growing in conjunction with conifers, evergreen shrubs, and deciduous trees.
For centuries, plants from Asia have been grown in the west. Today, species new to cultivation, as well as novel selections, are continually being introduced by plant collectors and breeders.
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