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Kerria japonica Golden Guinea


Japanese Rose

Produces a flush of bright yellow flowers in early spring

A deciduous specimen that grows on the mountainous regions of Japan and China, this is a plant that can grow in the most rugged of terrains. Its beautiful yellow flowers make it perfect for a spring garden.


It is the perfect specimen for mixed borders, low-maintenance gardens or traditional cottage gardens.


The plant requires full sun or partial shade along with well-drained, but moist fertile soil to grow. It needs annual pruning to keep the shoots healthy, and the flowers in their best condition.

It is a very effective decorative plant that can be grown as an informal hedge or as part of a foundation planting.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Banks and slopes, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From March to September