• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 3 to 4 ft. high and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pee-AIR-iss juh-PON-ih-kuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 3 to 4 ft. high and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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 PlantsJapanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Azalea (Azalea); Camellia (Camellia); Holly (Ilex)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained soil, slightly acidic and rich in organic matter. Thrives in dappled shade. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, 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 sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    The small bell shaped flowers of Pieris signifies that these plants belong in the Ericaceae family.