Japanese kerria

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    Japanese kerria @ Koishikawa Botanical Garden
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    Japanese kerria @ Koishikawa Botanical Garden
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    Japanese kerria @ Koishikawa Botanical Garden
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    Japanese kerria @ Shimizudani Park
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    Japanese kerria @ Shimizudani Park
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    Japanese kerria @ Shimizudani Park
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    Japanese kerria @ Shimizudani Park

Basic information

Flower Name
Japanese kerria
Formal Name
Kerria japonica
Japanese kerria
Japan, China
Deciduous shrub


What is Japanese kerria

Japanese kerria or Yamabuki (scientific name: Kerria japonica) is native to Japan and China and is a deciduous shrub of the genus Rosaceae. Spring in Japan begins with Japanese aprico t(plum, ume), Yamabuki It is said to end with. In late spring, a single blooming five-flowered flower of bright yellow, so-called "Yamabuki" color is blooming. The stem is thin like a branch, but it is not a grass, but a tree. It grows naturally on the wet slope of the mountains, but it is also commonly seen in parks and gardens. A single flower gets fruit after the flower every few years, making the slender fruit. Kerria of the genus name is based on the name of the botanist, and japonica of species species name is cultivated from the era of Manyoshu era in Japan. The language of flowers is "elegance". Based on the legend that gold coins dropped to the bottom of the valley changed to Yamabuki flowers blooming along the lake. It seems that it was linked to "elegance" because it changed from bright yellow oval "gold coin". To the garden cultivar, double-flowered Kerria plena, and there are 7 to 8 petals Silkworm Yamabuki (Kiku zaki Yamabuki). Yae Yamabuki does not produce fruit, as the petite has changed into a petal. There is also a white flower blooming white flower with a flower similar to Yamaboki (White Yamabuki), but this is a flower of another genus called Shiroyamabuki, a single four-flowered flower blooms.

Generic name: Japanese kerria or Yamabuki (in Japanese), Scientific name: Kerria japonica, aka: Yamaburi (mountain), Japanese kerria, Origin: Japan, China, Distribution: Japan from Kyushu from Hokkaido, tree height: 100 to 200 cm, single leaf, leaf order: alternate, leaf length: 4 to 7 cm, leaf margin: sawtooth, corolla shape: pentaflower, flower color: yellow, flower diameter: 5 cm, flowering period: April to May, blooming way: single saki, Kikuzu, Yaezaki, fruit type: lean, fruit length: 0.4 to 0.5 cm.

Detailed information

K. japonica
Flower language
Dignity (Mar 28)
Flower type
Actinomorphic Flower
Flower array
Petal shape
Leaf type
Leaf edge
Flowering place
100 ~ 200 [cm]
3 ~ 5

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