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Valley Valentine Pieris

Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

Beautiful, deep red buds and pendant flowers highlight the cool season. Attractive, bronzy tint to new growth. Compact form excellent as a foundation planting or in groups.
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Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationPY-er-iss juh-PON-ih-kuh
LoreDavid Don named the genus Pieris after the Pierides or nine muses of mythology
Average Size at MaturitySlow grower to 5 to 7 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeWinter
Design IdeasThis Pieris is very useful where soils are acidic and damp most of the year. For homesites, it's ideal under a high canopy of old trees. Perfect on the north and east exposures as foundation planting, but seasonal changes make this perfect for a tidy front-yard shade garden. Large enough to use for background near water gardens or in small Asian-inspired compositions. A perfect candidate for wild woodland gardens in the damp Pacific Northwest.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsGrow this Pieris around the spreading branches of Red Cutleaf Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'), or the little evergreen Saint Mary Southern Magnolia, (Magnolia grandiflora 'Saint Mary').Mix it with the soft woodland favorites such as Luxuriant Bleeding Heart, (Dicentra x 'Luxuriant') or Alaskan Fern, (Polystichum setiferum). Particularly lovely in a wild woodland setting with theseasonal color from Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake').

Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-8

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