More popular than hibiscus, more striking are cycads in Okinawa.
Why do the Japanese love it so much?
Emperor Akihito planted a pair of King sago palms at the Japanese garden in Jurong when he visited Singapore as Crown Prince in 1970. They represent our friendship strong and steadfast. He said.
Cycads use pollen in reproduction which can explain how prolific they are in Daisekirinzan 大石林.
Cycad revoluta is native to Okinawa. Used as part of a garden landscape. Be careful that the leaves are toxic and sharp. But surprisingly sago is made from King Sago palm. Wikipedia has a short writeup on a hypothesis that some bacteria found in the roots make their way into the human body and cause of some neurological disease. Although no evidence is cited, I am steering clear of sago flour.
In Singapore, cycad are prone to be eaten by the cycad blue butterfly, indigenous to Australia. It doesnt seem to be a nuisance in Okinawa. Wisdom here on controlling what flora and fauna you allow into the country.
Cycad fossils date back to 280 million years ago and commonly thought to be around when dinosaurs roam the earth.
A very good writeup if you are considering cycad for your garden. Also known as King Sago Palm. https://dengarden.com/landscaping/sago-palm-cycas-revoluta
Grown as a bonsai
Propagating a cycad: