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Kerria japonica 'Pale Moon'

Japanese Kerria

Plant Type:


Kerria japonica ‘Pale Moon’ (ex: Nickou) – 'Pale Moon' came to us from the extraordinary gardens of Nick Nickou in Branford, Connecticut. ‘Pale Moon’ was found as a branch sport with a lovely display of extra-large single soft sulfur yellow flowers adorning green stems in beautiful contrast with deep dark green foliage and stems. Soft sulfur yellow is a curious color – you may couple it with any other color and the combination works: hard red and pale yellow? It works! Purple and light yellow? Beautiful! Soft pale yellow with orange or deep blue or rose pink? Yum! 'Pale Moon' has proven to be an extraordinarily robust growing shrub exhibiting four seasons of interest.


3-6 ft


6-9 ft


Pale Yellow


(4b)5 to 9
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Item Description Price  
KERRPAL Kerria japonica 'Pale Moon' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $30.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Kerria japonica 'Pale Moon'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedgerow
  • Massing
  • Foundation
  • Specimen
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Kerria

Common Name: Japanese Kerria

Japanese Kerria prefers a fertile soil condition in more sun than not. Its winter branches retain the green color of summer. And though it is wild-haired and rangy in the winter landscape it can be employed smartly in a mixed hedgerow or as dynamic counterpoint, a wild-haired tousle placed against taller shrubs with a natural formal growth habit or even set before a hedge comprised of pruned “soldiers in a row”. The member of the Rosaceae originates in Western to Central China and the mountains of Japan. They are happiest in part sun planted in fertile moisture retentive to draining soils. This genus hales from central China and Japan. All of the following selections are cutting grown.