• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Flowers and Foliage
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pee-AIR-iss juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasThis 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.
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Camellia (Camellia); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Holly (Ilex)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Pieris is a genus of ericaceous plants from Asia and North America. The original parent of most contempoary hybrids is P. japonica, introduced in 1784, from that first collected in Japan by Carl Thunberg of the Dutch East India Co. The variations in coloring can be traced to early breeding with P. formosa from the Himalayas resulting in P. floribuna hybrids.
    Lore:
    The small bell shaped flowers of Pieris signifies that these plants belong in the Ericaceae family.