LITTLE HEATH | PIERIS JAPONICA
Japanese Pieris is known as Lily-of-the-Valley bush for its profusion of broad, pendulous and urn-shaped white flower clusters. It is also known as Japanese Andromeda.
- Evergreen Shrub
- Height: 6′-10′
- Availability: High
- Growing ease: High
- Moisture req: Medium
- Exposure req: Full to Partial Sun
PLANT DESCRIPTION: Japanese Pieris is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with an upright and spreading branching habit, attaining a height of 8’-12’ and a width of 6’-10’ in the form of a rounded shape. Leaves are elliptical, 1.5″-3.5″ long and 0.5″-0.75″ wide, with the widest point at or above the middle of the leaf. Leaves have shallow serrations. They tend to cluster in whorls at the tips of the branches. In the spring they emerge coppery red and mature during the summer to bright glossy green.
PLANT IS: deer resistant
PLANS THAT USE THIS PLANT: This species prefers partial shade. It does best on a peaty, acidic soil as would be the case for camellias, blueberries or rhododendrons. It is often used as foundation shrub or grouped together in massed plantings. Use caution with young children as the foliage is poisonous.