• Overview
    Light Needs:
    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:
    Sensational Flowering Shrub
    Blooms:
    Late Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PY-er-is ja-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasThis Pieris is valued more for its dainty bell-flower clusters than fall color. Bright shiny leaves makes it a great contrast plant in the flowering shrub border, but, like all this clan, it thrives in the filtered light of the woodland understory. An excellent background plant with conifers in Japanese tea gardens. Plant near decks, patios and in smaller enclosed gardens, allowing the charming flowers to be appreciated up close. Also nice below windows. A useful foundation plant for moist north and eastern exposures.
    Companion PlantsOregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Holly (Ilex); Camellia (Camellia)
  • 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.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    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
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is a genus of Ericaceous flowering plants from Asia and North America, classified in 1834 by David Don, 1799-1841. He named the genus after the Pierides or nine muses of mythology The 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 Taiwan as well. It was introduced under P. japonica to the west in England by 1870 as the most cold hardy of all species. This dwarf form and many of the P. japonica varieties likely include P. formosa for color and P. floribunda in their family tree.
    Lore:
    The clue to ericaceous plants is their distinctive small bell shaped flowers often borne in great profusion as with heather.