Kerria japonica 'Picta'
Common Name: Japanese kerria
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Rosaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Heavy Shade, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Wet Soil


Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. Prefers loamy soils that are moderately fertile. Blooms on previous year's wood, so prune after flowering in spring.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This variegated Kerria cultivar is a low-growing, broadly rounded, slowly spreading deciduous shrub with a dense, twiggy habit which typically grows 2' tall by 2' wide in 5 years. Features profuse, yellow, five-petaled, rose-like flowers (1.75" diameter) in April to early May and toothed, narrow, somewhat triangular, grayish green leaves edged with white.


No serious insect problems. Susceptible to leaf spot disease.

Garden Uses

Mass in the shrub border. Foliage makes for interesting specimen in partially shaded areas of the rock garden or border. Incorporate into foundation plantings