Pieris | Pieris Japonica

Pieris, a member of the Ericaceae family, is native to China and Japan where it grows as an evergreen shrub with an upright, bushy habit that can reach up to 3 m (10 ft) in height. The narrow, oval to lanceolate leaves are produced at the end of the shoots and are usually reddish when young. The white, bell-shaped flowers are borne in 20 cm (8 in) long, drooping panicles that appear in spring. The variety ‘Forest Flame’ can reach a height of 1.5 m (5 ft) and has brilliant red leaves when they first emerge. ‘Variegata’ will light any dark corner with its decorative, white-yellow variegated leaves.

Pieris thrives in moist, well-drained, acid soil and should be watered with soft water. Dead wood should be removed, otherwise there is no need for pruning. In winter the root balls should be protected against frost.

It can be propagated from greenwood and semi-ripe cuttings in spring and summer. The leaves cause feelings of nausea if consumed.

08. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Fruit Trees | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Pieris | Pieris Japonica


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: