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Kyoto Serissa*

Serissa japonica 'Kyoto'

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Kyoto Serissa (Serissa japonica 'Kyoto') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Kyoto Serissa

Kyoto Serissa

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Japanese Serissa, S. foetida


Very tiny and dense dark green foliage covers this slow growing miniature variety; pink buds open to pretty white trumpet flowers; used extensively in bonsai or as a house plant; a lovely garden accent for a small area

Ornamental Features

Kyoto Serissa features showy white trumpet-shaped flowers along the branches from early spring to late fall, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage. The tiny glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Kyoto Serissa is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kyoto Serissa is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Kyoto Serissa will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Kyoto Serissa makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features