Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Kerria Plant Profile

Kerria Plant Profile

Japanese Kerria (Kerria japonica) is a deciduous, spring-blooming shrub with clusters of yellow blossoms in early- to mid-spring. It is a member of the Rose family and is also known as the Japanese Rose, Easter Rose, and Bachelor’s Buttons.  It is native to China, Korea, and Japan.

This shrub thrives in part-shade and prefers well-draining soil. If you plant it in full sun, the flowers will quickly fade.

Kerria can grow to 7 feet tall and 9 feet wide. It is hardy to USDA Zones 4 to 9.  It doesn’t need any fertilizers or other amendments.

It produces multiple stems. The cane-like growth can be tamed by pruning it shortly after the flowers end for the season. You can cut any stray suckers out  to control weedy and leggy growth. This plant benefits from an occasional hard pruning back to the ground every few years.

Kerria attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to its abundant flowers. It is deer-resistant and drought-tolerant.

Cultivars include  'Pleniflora', which has a double-flower form, 'Albiflora', which has a single, cream-white flowers, and ‘Golden Guinea’, which grows to only three to five feet high and wide.

Kerria: You Can Grow That!

The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine.

Audio, Photos, and Text by Kathy Jentz

Video and Editing by Cassie Peo

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