Japanese Kerria, Japanese Rose, Batchelor’s Buttons, Sailor’s Button,
Best in April and May when the whole bush is covered in flowers.
Some flowers also occur during the rest of the year, including January.
The naturalised escape is scattered throughout the country, but is more
common in the South.
As a garden shrub, it is common throughout.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway - Kerria
It is a neophyte which has been cultivated in the UK since the early 1800s,
but not recognised as growing in the wild before the mid 1960s.
It is a widespread ornamental shrub in gardens, parks and amenity areas.
It has become naturalised where garden plants have been discarded and where
old gardens have returned to the wild.
It is found in woods, hedges, rubbish tips and beside rivers.
Kerria is a deciduous shrub, which grows to about 2m and spreads up to 3m.
It reproduces by suckering and is frost hardy.
The flowers are bright yellow pompoms, up to 4cm across.
Flowers appear before leaves