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Little Heath Pieris

Pieris japonica 'Little Heath'

Pronunciation: PY-er-iss juh-PON-ih-kuh
SKU #06516
5-9

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OVERVIEW
Description A neat, compact shrub with a yellow-green variegation on the margins of the gray-green leaves; new leaves are pink. Showy clusters of small, white, bell-shaped flowers add to the beauty in spring. Great for use as a low hedge, foundation plant, or container plant. Evergreen.
Light Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Spring
Mature Size Slow growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Compact Form
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Hedge
Design Ideas This is a perfect little plant for sheltered gardens needing solid foundational shrubs. Works well on north side of house or in areas influenced by buildings and tree shade. A natural in the acidic conditions beneath conifers and hardwoods. A beautiful light plant for the dappled shade of woodland gardens where greens tend to fade into darkness.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Variegated
Companion Plants Azalea (Azalea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Camellia (Camellia); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Holly (Ilex)
CARE
Care Provide organically rich, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil, with protection from harsh winds. Thrives in dappled shade. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.
HISTORY
Lore The small bell shaped flowers of Pieris signifies that these plants belong in the Ericaceae family.

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