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Kerria japonica 'Picta'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kerria (KER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Picta
Additional cultivar information: (aka Variegata)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saxer On Nov 5, 2014, saxer from Blawnox, PA wrote:

I love this shrub. The branches are lovely in flower arrangements and last quite a long while; it lights up the shady spot I have it in; it turns a lovely yellow in the fall; it does not outgrow its spot! .

Neutral coriaceous On Jun 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Like the species, this plant does well in shade, even fairly heavy shade, as long as the soil is well drained. The foliage is a light gray-green with a white edge and brightens shade.

This cultivar produces occasional reversions to the non-variegated form, which are more vigorous and should be pulled or cut out as soon as they're noticed to keep them from taking over the clump.

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've heard a lot of high ratings about this plant in the past ... mostly by those trying to sell it. It is alright, but as far as shrubs go, there are others I'd rather have. Blooms April-May in my garden.

Positive jxmas On May 11, 2011, jxmas from Marble Hill, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

In my yard it's in a fairly dry spot next to the house that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. The first leaves in early spring are almost completely white. Then it is completely covered in bright yellow flowers in May. Then goes through a growth spurt and the leaves become more grey-green with a white edge. It spreads by sending out suckers which are fairly easy to pull out. If it gets regular watering it will bloom sporadically during the rest of year. My guess is that if it was in constantly moist soil it would create a dense thicket very quickly.

Positive beakerlj On Nov 25, 2007, beakerlj from Galien, MI wrote:

This is my first year with the plant, but I already love it. The leaf shape and color adds interest all summer. Even though I generally don't like yellow flowers, this one is pretty. It manages great in the shade under my black walnut tree. I don't fuss with it. It is less than 2 feet high right now, but wide and growing nicely.
zone 5b


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ohatchee, Alabama
Hobart, Indiana
Norway, Maine
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Cadillac, Michigan
Galien, Michigan
Bronx, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Felicity, Ohio
Freedom, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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