Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Japanese-rose - Kerria japonica   (L.) de Candolle
Members of Rosaceae:
Only member of Kerria in NC.
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Author(L.) de Candolle
DistributionCollections of escaped plants are from Graham and Macon counties, from 1980-88. Specimens from Gaston and Wake counties are from cultivated plants.

Native of China and Japan; in N.A. NH to southern Ont., south to SC and AL; UT, WA.
AbundanceVery rare, only locally escaping.
HabitatDisturbed woods near picnic area, old homesite abandoned 60 years.
PhenologyFlowering April-June.
IdentificationShrub to 6 feet (or more) tall from rhizomes, colonial. Leaves narrowly triangular, sharply double-serrate, taper-pointed. Flowers grow on lateral shoots, 1-2 inches across, yellow (whitish or orangish); single and double forms are cultivated. The berries are shiny black.
Taxonomic CommentsMonotypic genus.

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Global RankG5
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