• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Multi-Season Interest
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KER-ee-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasThis old fashioned flowering shrub is among the favored flowers of Victorian gardeners in the West and South. Exceptional in large foundation planting beds of sizeable older homes. Can lend a decidedly tropical look in colder climates if combined with exotic foliage plants. Not uncommon to find them in conjunction with old roses in large country gardens.
    Companion PlantsRose (Rosa); Spirea (Spiraea), Fringe Flower (Loropetalum); Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles); Russian Sage (Perovskia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers enriched, loamy, well-drained soil. Takes heavy shade, dry shade and wet soils; avoid harsh sun exposures and heavy clay soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed in early spring. Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering. Remove root suckers to control spread.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This shrub is a native of Japan and first described by Kaempfer of the Dutch East India Company in 1712. It was also recorded in Thunberg's Flora Japonica, published in 1784. Living plants did nto reach the west until 1805 when single flowered for was introduced to Key by William Kerr, and subsequently named for him.
    Lore:
    In Japan, the traditional name for this plant is Jamma Buki.