One of the latest blooming varieties, extending spring in the landscape. Showy red buds form in summer to fall and persist through winter, creating multi-season interest. Clusters of pure white flowers emerge in spring to shine against rich green foliage.
Highlights: a shrub border. Evergreen.
This Pieris is valued more for its dainty bell-flower clusters than fall color. Bright shiny leaves makes it a great contrast plant in the flowering shrub border, but, like all this clan, it thrives in the filtered light of the woodland understory. An excellent background plant with conifers in Japanese tea gardens. Plant near decks, patios and in smaller enclosed gardens, allowing the charming flowers to be appreciated up close. Also nice below windows. A useful foundation plant for moist north and eastern exposures.
Some great companion plants are the Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Holly (Ilex); Camellia (Camellia)
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Pruning time is spring just after flowering.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 – 8