Japanese American Toichi Domoto (1902-2001) was a noted horticulturist who began in his family's Domoto Brothers Nursery and
later founded his own nursery in Hayward, California.
Toichi Domoto was the son of first generation immigrants from Japan who settled in California. Arriving in 1883, his father
and uncle worked first as laborers and within a year were able to lease and then purchase a few acres of land in Oakland,
founding the Domoto Brothers Nursery in 1884. They first specialized in the cut flower trade, and later, as pioneers in California's
nursery business, they were responsible for the first plant importation of many important Japanese horticultural varieties
of camellias, tree peonies, and chrysanthemums. They eventually specialized in trees, shrubs, climbing vines, roses, palms
and ferns. Born in 1902 in Oakland, Toichi studied at Stanford University and the University of Illinois before joining his
father's and uncle's business. He later bought 27 acres of land in Hayward and started his own nursery. His first catalog
featured camellias and tree peonies, as well as magnolias, water iris, flowering quince and bonsai. He was interned with his
family during World War II, but returned to his Hayward nursery and continued living there until his death in 2001.
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