Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:PY-er-is ja-PON-i-ka
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
Special features:Year-round Interest
Foliage color:Variegated
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:White
Design IdeasWith its ornamental variegated leaves, this small Pieris offers great beauty to pocket gardens. Plant as a single or mass in an irregular group around landscape boulders. Or use as a backdrop for small water gardens and fountains. Excellent foundation plant that won't overgrow small patio gardens. Just as useful in the large woodland garden, where it remains low enough to preserve the sense of space. A crucial plant for wooded homesites on the Pacific Coast, where bright color beneath spreading conifers is always in demand.
Companion PlantsGroup this variegated beauty with woodland favorites such as Luxuriant Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'Luxuriant'), Lenten Rose, (Helleborus x hybridus Royal Heritage Strain), and bright colored Mixed Medley Columbine, (Aquilegia x 'Music Medley'). Fill in with Creeping Mahonia, (Mahonia repens) or Green Sheen Japanese Spurge, (Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen'). Then add Alaskan Fern, (Polystichum setiferum) to complete this magical woodland setting.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This variety is synonymous with the 20th century cultivar 'White Rim' and is the only variegated pieris in cultivation. Its parent species is P. japonica, introduced in 1784 as Andromeda japonica. The plant was first collected and described by noted physician Carl Thunberg while working for the Dutch East India Company in Japan. Plants are native to eastern China and this group from the island of Taiwan. This is a genus of Ericaceous flowering plants from Asia and North America. It was classified in 1834 by David Don, 1799-1841. Don also classified the species P. japonica and introduced it in 1870. This is the most cold hardy of all species and its cultivars often contain improved coloring from P. formosa, and more abundant flowers from P. floribunda, both Asian species.
Lore:
The genus Pieris was named after the Pierides or nine muses of Greek mythology.