Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Pieris japonica Plant Profile

Pieris japonica Plant Profile

Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica) is a landscape shrub that has clusters of delicate white or pink blossoms that drip from the branches in early spring and are visited by a number of pollinators such as the native Mason Bee. It is also known as the Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub.

It has thick, glossy leaves that start off in shades of red that turn a deep green as they mature. This evergreen is deer-resistant and attractive in all seasons.

It is native to Asia and is a member of the Ericaceae family, which includes rhododendrons.

It is hardy to USDA Zones 5 to 8. This shrub thrives in part-shade and prefers moist, well-drained soil. Give it protection from winter winds.

Spread pine needle mulch around the base of the plant and feed it with a fertilizer for acid-loving shrubs such as that formulated for camellias and azaleas.

Pruning is generally not necessary, but if you must do so, cut it back after it finishes flowering. It can be propagated by stem cuttings.

Depending on the variety, it can reach 8 feet wide and high. There are also dwarf cultivars available. Newer varieties have variegated foliage and the smaller versions can be grown as container plants.

Pieris japonica: You Can Grow That!

The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine.

Audio, Photos, and Text by Kathy Jentz

Video and Editing by Cassie Peo

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