Kerria, an easy shrub that blooms in full yellow

Kerria is a wonderful shrub that is covered in yellow blooms in spring.

Key Kerria facts

NameKerria japonica
Family – Rosaceae
Type – shrub

Height – 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 m)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary

Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – April-May

Planting kerria

In order to favor root development and renewed growth in spring, plant in fall.

  • Follow the Nature-and-Garden advice on planting
  • Space plants by about 32 inches (80 cm) if you’re planting a hedge.

Trimming kerria

Prune ⅔ off from the sprigs of the year when the flowers have died off.

All there is to know about kerria

This bushy shrub produces very cute yellow flowers that are very appealing at the beginning of spring.

  • In shrub beds or in a hedge, it is quite a statement!
  • It starts to bloom just after the winter mimosa tree.

Kerria flowers close-up

Smart tip about kerria

Cut back quite short in fall to promote its upcoming blooming and keep its bearing dense.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Kerria in full bloom by Marianne Langenbach under Pixabay license
Two kerria flowers by Hans Braxmeier under Pixabay license