Compact variegated Cat's Eye Kerria in landscape



Kerria japonica


USPP 21,975

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Compact variegated Cat's Eye Kerria in landscape
  • Shade tolerant
  • Variegated foliage
  • Attractive stems

Distinctive and shade tolerant. Cat's Eye kerria is a variegated sport of the cultivar 'Shannon' that lights up shady spots, providing season-long interest with creamy-white variegated foliage and bright yellow flowers in late spring. Slender bright green stems shine during the winter months. Compact, upright habit for good container presentation and garden performance.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun, Shade

Height 1.5 - 3'

Width 1.5 - 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring, summer rebloom

Flower Color Yellow

Foliage Color Variegated

Soil Moderately fertile, well-drained soils are best. Heavy fertilization may favor the production of foliage over flowers.

Pruning Prune after spring bloom if desired. May bloom sporadically in summer.

Uses Hedging; foundation plantings; mixed borders; specimen.

Growing Tips Kerria is perhaps the best shrub for shade, producing colorful flowers and vivid green stems even in low light. It tolerates full sun, however, flowers are short-lived in such conditions. Benefits from periodic rejuvenation pruning.