Pieris japonica III / Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub

Pieris japonica ‘Purity’ – An Award of Garden Merit winner with large clusters of pure white fragrant urn-shaped flowers on erect panicles, usually emerging from April to May. This is one of the last Pieris japonica cultivars to bloom and plants often flower heavily at a young age. The new foliage emerges a lime or yellowish-green. Grows 3-4′ high and wide. Zone 6.

Pieris japonica ‘Astrid’ – An unusual cultivar with slightly twisted evergreen leaves of mint green with creamy-white marginal variegation. The new growth emerges a bright reddish-pink and the leaves are held on maroon petioles. Clusters of white urn-shaped flowers appear from April to May, just above the dense canopy. Grows 4′ high and wide. Zone 6.

Pieris japonica ‘Snowdrift’ (syn. ‘Snow Drift’) – Absolutely huge clusters of white flowers emerge from rosy-pink buds and literally cover the plant. This native of Japan, Taiwan and eastern China has reddish-pink new growth and the blooms are quite long lasting. ‘Snowdrift’ prefers part to full sun and grows between 3 to 5′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.

Pieris japonica ‘Passion’ – An exciting newer Dutch introduction with darker blooms than ‘Valley Valentine’ that range from a deep burgundy-red to bright cerise, nicely contrasted by a white base. The elegant pendent racemes are abundant on even young plants and are usually borne from April to May. New growth is reddish-orange and ultimate height is 4-5′. Zone 6.

Pieris japonica var. yakushimensis ‘Prelude’ – Another Award of Garden Merit winner with abundant short clusters of pure white flowers that emerge after most Pieris and envelop the tight, rounded shrub. These are ideal ornamental plants for attracting Mason Bees and the lustrous, dark green foliage adds to its overall appeal. Grows 2.5′ high and wide. Zone 6.

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