Toyota Motor Corporation Creates... a Shrub?!
No, "Shrub" is not the code name of a new hybrid or fuel cell car. Toyota has actually engineered a shrub called Kirsch Pink (a derivative of the Cherry Sage shrub) with some very interesting characteristics: "The new Kirsch Pink plant is reportedly 1.3 times more effective at absorbing NOx, SO2 and other air pollutants than its parent stock. [It] also diminishes the urban heat-island effect 1.3 times more effectively than the Cherry Sage". Toyota is targeting 10,000 sales at 380 yen (US$3.34) a piece during the first year. The main usage of the shrub is green roofs; "Toyota originally launched the Rooftop Garden business as a way to mitigate the heat-island phenomenon that is worsening with time in Japanese cities." ::Toyota creates air-purifying shrub, via ::Jalopnik, ::Green Car Congress