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Oregon-grown greenery co-stars on the silver screen

Posted By Beth Farmer, Friday, December 20, 2013

The new Hollywood movie "47 Ronin" stars Keanu Reeves, along with an equally attractive supporting cast — Oregon nursery products. The big budget film depicts samurai warriors in 18th century Japan. To create the look of old Japan, the movie's producers contracted with a local horticulturist, Don Richards of Lake Oswego-based Applied Horticultural Consulting, Inc., who sourced trees and shrubs from Oregon.

"Because of the difference in climate, California doesn't grow as many of these types of plants," Richards said. "Oregon grows as many, if not more, Japanese maple varieties than they do in current-day Japan. We were able to find these types of plants pretty easily here in Oregon."

The movie opens in theaters across the country on Christmas Day.

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