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PlantFiles: Japanese Pieris, Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub
Pieris japonica 'Scarlet O'Hara'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pieris (pee-AIR-iss) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlet O'Hara

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Treadwell On Dec 8, 2007, Treadwell from Westport, CT wrote:

White flowers, good long lasting bloom period a bit later and longer lasting than other Pieris. Habit is more slender and upright than some Pieris. New growth is bronze-green to bright orange-red, hence the name. Grows 5-6 (7)ft in 8-10 years. Best in light shade, does not do well in southwest exposures. Likes moist acid soil with plenty of added organic matter. More adaptable to soil conditions with moderate ph than many other ericaceous plants. Prune flowers after blooming; forces new growth and prevents plant from setting seed which can be a drain. Nice in the border, foundation or as a specimen.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Westport, Connecticut
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Brookeville, Maryland
Carmel, New York
Gastonia, North Carolina
Beaverton, Oregon
Clover, South Carolina
Dillwyn, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia

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