Asked on Mar 19, 2012

Anyone recognize this spring flowering shrub? Something a little different for a splash of spring color.

Debra Carswell LedfordNoniPat


This is not a forsythia, but another spring flowering deciduous shrub that puts on a brilliant show of yellow flowers. Let's see who else knows it.
A broad view of this shrub.
A detail view of the flower.
42 answers
  • Becky
    on Mar 19, 2012

    Looks like Kerria japonica ( Plenifloria) to me.

  • Southern Trillium LLC
    on Mar 19, 2012

    You are correct Becky. To me, this is an underused plant.

  • Lori H
    on Mar 21, 2012

    My grandmother used to have one of those, she called it an "Easter Rose". Not sure of the official name. I'd love to find some myself. If anyone knows, please post a location that might sell them. I'd love to have something that brought back memories of my grandma :)

  • Southern Trillium LLC
    on Mar 21, 2012

    Interesting you mention your grandmother having one. This Kerria, which is now growing at my parent's house, was growing along a pasture fenceline at my grandmother's house. My mother doesn't remember her mother planting it at the edge of the backyard/pasture fence, but it was growing there amidst the vines and privet. I dug up part of it and transplanted it several years ago.

  • D. D. H
    on Mar 21, 2012

    Japanese kerria. Beautiful - mine blooms throughout the summer. Would like to know proper care as mine is beginning to show age. NC

  • Lori H
    on Mar 26, 2012

    Now you've got me wanting one! Can anyone tell me where I can find one and if it's the right time to plant it? Please! :)

  • Randy
    on Dec 31, 2012

    I just put a three of these in earlier this fall. I wasn't familiar with them either, but had a landscape plan done and this was on the list since I liked older heirloom style plants. You will find these many times from smaller growers because they can be easily & cheaply propagated. The other special thing about these plants that no one mentioned here is that their stems are bright green in the winter after the leaves drop. Very nice winter interest!

  • Laura D
    on Dec 31, 2012

    I have a really tough spot between me and my neighbor's house. They have a bradford pear planted about a foot from the property line and it is like a brick wall. This plant thrives in this spot. Shady and dry and still blooms, have 2 over there.

  • Tina H
    on Jan 1, 2013

    I believe it is called "Cup of Gold". I have one and it blooms all the time, it is beautiful.

  • Betty Hoefle
    on Jan 1, 2013

    I had one that grew up kind of "voluntarily" along my back fence in town. I tried to transplant some, but must not have gotten enough root...unsuccessful. It bloomed all summer, but not in the Spring, as I recall. (of course, I DO live in MT.) Would love to find some for my new property.

  • Irene
    on Jan 1, 2013

    I wonder if it could take the heat here in Southern Calif. It sure is a pretty plant.

    • Michelle Eliker
      on Feb 18, 2014

      @Irene According to Sunset,you could grow it in Montclair, but not in full sun and with lots of summer water. In all my years gardening in SoCal (I grew up in the Inland Empire area) I never ran across this plant -and I don't see it often up here in the SF area either- so I would say it isn't an easy plant to grow in CA.

  • Tina H
    on Jan 2, 2013

    Hi Irene, It should take the heat OK, I live in KY and it gets really hot and humid here in the summer.

  • Irene
    on Jan 4, 2013

    Thank you, Tina

  • i have seen this before and now am definitely going to use this in my designs. Especially for the wimter stems. I think the texture for a yellow long blooming plant is also great.

  • Yvonne Schultz
    on Feb 4, 2014

    I have this in my backyard and was told it is a Carrie Rose - not sure if that is the correct spelling. Once you get it growing you will have more than you know what to do with and the blooms are similar to Lady Banks Rose but the color is more of a golden yellow instead of pale yellow.

  • Karen rhinevault
    on Feb 4, 2014

    Kerria japonica--we always had these in the old gardens in the neighborhood I grew up in--don't see them much anymore.

  • Betty Hoefle
    on Feb 5, 2014

    Is Kerria deer resistant, by any chance? would love to grow some, but I have a LOT of deer !

    • Randy
      on Feb 6, 2014

      @Betty Hoefle I think you will find that most sources list it as deer resistant, but I can tell you that my plants get nibbled on by the deer. It hasn't been an issue because this plant is relatively hardy, but you will most likely see some sampling if this is the only thing nearby for them to munch on. These plants are relatively inexpensive if you can find them from your nursery sources, so I would give it a shot and see what happens!

  • Mikell Paulson
    on Feb 5, 2014

    My mom had this and called it Japanese Rose! What a beautiful bush!

  • Betty Hoefle
    on Feb 6, 2014

    thank you, Randy. I will.

  • Rick Deeds
    on Feb 17, 2014

    Texas Rose.

  • Debbie Darche
    on Feb 18, 2014

    This one is a double. It comes as a single too.

  • Connie D
    on Jun 22, 2014

    Actually, it is a Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'

  • Barbara Sawyer
    on Mar 13, 2015

    Kerria Japonica has my vote!

  • Marilynn Gillespie
    on May 2, 2015

    Would it grow in NewBrunswick, Canada?

  • Donna Craft
    on Jun 15, 2015

    Lady Banksia Rose?

  • Louise Miller
    on Aug 12, 2015

    Definitely Kerria japonica with a double bloom. It's easy to grow and you jst cut back old wood from the base to thin it out.

  • Monique Clouatre
    on Nov 1, 2015

    I think heliopsis

  • John J
    on Nov 16, 2015

    Looks like Kerria japonica 'Plena'

  • Sherry H.
    on Nov 21, 2015

    I think its a climbing rose. I just bought one from eBay.

  • Lgsmith
    on Nov 22, 2015

    Here in the south it's called China rose. It's a double Kerria japonica like Louise Miller said.

  • Djsouza
    on Jan 22, 2016

    Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora"

  • Catherine Janowicz
    on Mar 4, 2016


  • Paul
    on Mar 6, 2016

    it is a China Rose and I do not believe it is USUALLY NOT taken from its home country ....Rare to find If I were you I would ask person where you saw if you can take a Cutting and try to ROOT

  • Leny Groot van Leijden
    on Mar 7, 2016

    It is a Kerria Japonica

  • Cassandra Wilhelm
    on Mar 14, 2016

    i have some of them we have always called them a yellow japaneese rose

  • Monique Clouatre
    on Aug 27, 2016

    Looks like hélopsis.

  • Louise Miller
    on Aug 27, 2016

    Yes it's definitely Kerria japonica, double bloom. Lx

  • Lori H
    on Aug 27, 2016

    Does anyone know where I can get one?

  • Sue Kiene
    on Sep 10, 2016

    I saw one of these for the first time this spring. I googled and some of the online nireseries have them.

  • Pat
    on Oct 23, 2016

    Yes! It is Kerria japonica! They flowers all summer long, and are the cheeriest shrubs! You must plant one - or several! There are single or double blossoms. Talk to your friendly County Extension Service to see if they are all right for your zone! I am in zone 6

  • Noni
    on Oct 24, 2016

    Yes, Kerrigan japonica ,you could try taking hardwood cuttings now and stick them in the ground outdoors preferably a little sheltered. Wait until the spring to check if any have rooted as they lose their leaves in winter.

  • Debra Carswell Ledford
    on Nov 27, 2016

    I have been told they were called Yellow Rose of Texas they are very hardy and spread really fast.The roots grow shallow in the ground so they are easy pulled up and just replant.

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