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KERRIA japonica 'Kin Kan'
Japanese Kerria, Kin Kan Japanese Kerrie
A suckering deciduous shrub from eastern Asia, Japanese kerria is valued for its yellow spring blooms and for its green stems that hold their color through winter. The stems of 'Kin Kan' have longitudinal cream and green striping. This cultivar may be syonymous with 'Aureovittata'.
Of modest height, this hardy shrub has slender arching stems with oval, toothed, bright green leaves. The leaves turn dull yellow before dropping in fall, revealing the colorful stems. The flowers – which resemble small single roses – appear in abundance in mid-spring, and often recur sparsely in summer. Plants sucker to form broad clumps.
This long-lived, carefree shrub prefers full to partial sun and thrives in fertile to average, well-drained soil. Once established, it will tolerate moderate periods of drought. Remove any stems that revert to pure green.
Plant Japanese kerria in a shrub border or along a foundation, or enjoy it as a specimen. Its evergreen stems bring a dash of color to winter gardens and flower arrangements.
9 - 1
5 - 9
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow, Green, Sandy Brown, Ivory
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border
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