Pieris japonica / Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub

Pieris japonica ‘Katsura’ – This newer cultivar has continual spring through summer new growth that emerges an eye-catching glossy burgundy, with some of this also showing in early autumn. The March to May rose-coloured blossoms only add to its appeal, as does its evergreen nature and compact size, reaching heights of only 3-4′ high. Prefers part to full sun. Hardy to zone 6.

Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’ – The perfect solution for those gardeners with no room for the standard-sized Pieris, ‘Little Heath’ only gets about 2 to 3 feet tall. Everything about this plant is in miniature; from its white-edged variegated foliage to the tiny clusters of pure white spring blooms. It has rose-red new growth and prefers part to full sun. Hardy to zone 5.

Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ – A standard variety for many years, much in part to its dramatic spring flush of deep burgundy-red foliage, which really stands out at a distance. The pink-tinted buds open to pendulous trusses of pure white, heather-like blossoms. The one detraction for many is its larger ultimate size, as it often reaches heights of 6-8′ tall. Zone 5 hardy.

Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’ – People usually buy this spectacular shrub for just one reason – the deep rose verging on red spring blooms that cascade so elegantly. ‘Valley Valentine’ has other noteworthy attributes, including good disease resistance and attractive bronze-red new growth. This is still a larger broadleaf evergreen shrub, averaging heights of 6 to 7′ tall. Zone 6 hardy.

Pieris x ‘Forest Flame’ – Another favoured cultivar for its spectacular display of spring foliage – which starts out red, and then shifts to hot pink, cream, chartreuse and then finally dark green. This hybrid of Pieris japonica and forestii bears pendulous clusters of white spring blooms and eventually matures at 6 to 8 feet tall. Part to full sun. Zone 5 hardy.

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One Response to Pieris japonica / Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub

  1. Wow what an amazing array of wonderful plants. Thank you for writing this up and includi9ng all the lovely pictures -I will be referring back to this for our Church Garden restoration in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alice

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