Variegated Japanese Pieris
Pieris japonica 'Variegata'
|Description||Beautiful, drooping clusters of white flowers highlight this evergreen shrub in spring. The attractive green foliage with creamy white variegation emerges with a pink tint to new growth. The compact form is excellent for use as a highly ornamental foundation planting or in groupings in the landscape.|
|Light||Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide, or larger with age.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge|
|Design Ideas||With 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 Plants||Holly (Ilex); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Camellia (Camellia); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia)|
|Care||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.|
|Lore||The genus Pieris was named after the Pierides or nine muses of Greek mythology.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-8
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