Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Japanese Kerria

{Picture of Japanese Kerria}

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Kerria japonica Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Kerria
  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 3-5'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    Has fine textured lacy foliage and yellow flowers in spring that reappear intermittently throughout the summer. The considerable dieback in hard winters and frequent dead twigs and branches will require attention to keep it from becoming ragged.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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