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Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Kerria japonica

Deciduous, Shrubs

Native to China and Japan. Open, graceful, rounded shrub to 6 ft. high, with an 8-ft. spread. (The more common ‘Pleniflora’ grows to 10 ft. tall and wide, with double flowers.) Slender stems are yellowish green to bright green in winter, providing welcome color in cold climates. Toothed, heavily veined bright green leaves are somewhat triangular and 2–4 in. long. They unfold early in spring, turn yellow in fall. Flowers are similar to small (1 1/4–2-in.), single, yellow roses and appear in spring. Plant continues to bloom off and on into early summer.

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