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Kerria japonica 'Picta'
(Variegated Easter Rose, Japanese Variegated Kerria, Japanese Variegated Rose, Variegated Rose of Texas)



Family:  Rosaceae
Light:  Sun-part shade
Height:  3-6'
Spacing:  3-6'
Blooms:  Floriferous, bright yellow, single, mid-Spring
Foliage:  Deciduous, variegated, gray-green with white edges, white when young, serrated
Soil:  Well-drained, moist, poor, humus-rich, acidic, neutral
Water:  Moderate-low
Uses:  Mass, specimen, foundation planting, understorey, informal hedge, fencing, bed, shrub border, backdrop, soil erosion, Spring interest, Summer interest, Winter interest
Propagation:  Layering, rootball divisions, suckers, cuttings


Gardening Descriptions:  Kerria japonica 'Picta' or Variegated Easter Rose or Japanese Variegated Kerria or Japanese Variegated Rose or Variegated Rose of Texas is a showy deciduous flowering shrub with a rounded, low, suckering growth habit.   From April to May, Kerria japonica 'Picta' produces prolific bright yellow single blossoms on old wood, covering the entire tree, and again sporadically in Summer.  Since it blooms around Easter, hence its common name, Variegated Easter Rose.  Japanese Variegated Kerria has narrow, gray-green leaves with serrated white margins.  It is easily propagated from suckers, rootball divisions or cuttings taken in Summer.  Variegated Rose of Texas performs best in well-drained, humus-rich, acidic or poor soil in a partly shaded environment.  It is low maintenance and spreads easily by suckers.  Kerria japonica 'Picta' branches out densely both vertically and horizontally and has a twiggy appearance.  It looks lovely as backdrops in a mixed border planting or as an understorey shrub.   Mass plant Variegated Easter Rose as informal hedges or an ideal living fence.  Use Japanese Variegated Rose on slopes to help prevent soil erosion.  Grown as a specimen, it provides an interesting visual effect.  Kerria japonica 'Picta' looks attractive in the shrub border and it brightens the shady corner garden.  It set roots whenever a stem touches the ground, is a slow spreader and is not demanding.  Prune oldest stems after flowering season in Spring to promote better flowering next season and remove any green-leaved branches to maintain foliage variegation.  I am delighted at its delicate green and white foliage.  Variegated Rose of Texas easily captures attention.  It is thriving merrily in Jenny's Garden, adding interest to my Spring and Summer landscapes with sunny blossoms and my Winter landscape with its interesting bare stems.  What's not to like this easy and beautiful glowy beauty.   


USDA Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


JennysGarden.com...Plant images and gardening descriptions of Kerria japonica 'Picta' (Variegated Easter Rose, Japanese Variegated Kerria, Japanese Variegated Rose, Variegated Rose of Texas) growing in Jenny's Garden


Plant image of Kerria japonica 'Picta' or Variegated Easter Rose or Japanese Variegated Kerria or Japanese Variegated Rose or Variegated Rose of Texas, suitable for growing in USDA Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9,





Plant image shows the lovely variegated foliage of Kerria japonica 'Picta' 











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