• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PY-er-is ja-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide, larger with age.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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 PlantsHolly (Ilex); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Camellia (Camellia); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)
  • Care
    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:
    <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
    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.
    The genus Pieris was named after the Pierides or nine muses of Greek mythology.


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