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Japanese Kerria

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Kerria japonica (Japanese Kerria) – This colorful spring-blooming shrub features bright golden flowers on thin, colorful stems and light green leaves. It spreads by suckering to form a natural mass and is best used in groupings in partial shade in the garden, complemented by other plants.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Kerria
Species:
japonica
Flower Color:
yellow
Flower Period:
from early to mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
light green
Fall Color:
lemon
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Japanese Kerria features showy yellow flowers along the branches from early to mid spring. It has light green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn lemon yellow in fall. The smooth bark and lime green branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Kerria is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

Planting & Growing

Japanese Kerria will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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