Japanese Pieris, Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub
Pieris japonica

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pieris (pee-AIR-iss) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Bronze-Green

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Midland City, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Boulder Creek, California

Merced, California

Paradise, California

Guilford, Connecticut

Norwalk, Connecticut

Wilmington, Delaware

Keystone Heights, Florida

Peachtree City, Georgia

Talking Rock, Georgia

Pekin, Illinois

Schaumburg, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Adamstown, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Attleboro, Massachusetts

Dracut, Massachusetts

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Milton, Massachusetts

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Topsfield, Massachusetts

Port Huron, Michigan

Manchester, New Hampshire

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Neptune, New Jersey

Glen Cove, New York

Monsey, New York

Southold, New York

Staten Island, New York

Syosset, New York

Banner Elk, North Carolina

Garner, North Carolina

Hilliard, Ohio

Eugene, Oregon

Mill City, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Lexington, South Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Humble, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Blacksburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Langley, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:

7
positives
1
neutral
0
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Positive

On Feb 16, 2015, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We moved into this house 20 years ago with established shrubs everywhere. (In fact, most of them were too close to the foundation!) This pieris was fine for a long time and I love the emerging red foliage and the fragrance of the delicate little blooms. Recently (maybe the past 4 years) it has just gotten way too big for its spot.

If you're planning to add one, remember it can grow quite large.

Positive

On Aug 31, 2007, tropicsofohio from Hilliard, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

this whacky ohio weather pushed it into bloom! its september 1 in a day! its also has that beautifull red growth(that prob. wont harden it time for winter) but im soo excited!!!

update
no blooms yet, just flower buds

update: i guss its just getting ready 4 spring. i hope it blooms early in spring. it has a great contrast with the snow.

Positive

On Feb 9, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Low growing Azaleas are a wonderful match for this plant. Really attracts the bees when in bloom.

Neutral

On Aug 26, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

Very slow growing shrub! It likes shade more than sun and I have yet to see any blooms on it after two years. The foliage is beautiful though and comes out a rich red and turns to green. Very interesting.

Positive

On Apr 30, 2005, jesup from Malvern, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Lots of new cultivars are available, including varigated forms. Many sport blood-red new foliage (Mountain Fire, Flaming Silver, etc). A number now have pink or reddish flowers. Flowers VERY early; VERY fragrant. Consider protecting it from winter winds (or use wilt-pruf/etc), but overall very hardy if planted in acid, humus soil. Happy in part shade.

Dead-head after flowering for increased flowers the next year or if you don't like the look of the seeds.

Around here, deer eat EVERYTHING -- and they don't seem to touch pieris.

Positive

On Jan 14, 2005, wordsilk7 from Norwalk, CT (Zone 7a) wrote:

We have one growing along the front foundation, on the northwest side of the house underneath a catalpa tree. It's over five feet tall and about 4 feet wide. This shrub has been growing there for more than 15 years and is strong and beautiful, surviving some really bad New England winters, salt, pollution, compact acidic soil, etc. without us ever having to do anything at all to protect it. It's an amazing shrub. Maybe if we did more it would get taller and fuller but, to be honest, it's the perfect size for it's location.

Positive

On Sep 27, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

This shrub in my region also produces great sprays of lily of the valley like flowers in Mid Winter to Early Spring. pokerboy.

Positive

On Apr 24, 2004, Tre from Schaumburg, IL wrote:

I have several Pieris Japonica, cultivar 'Purity'. This shrub is a little fussy, but a true pleasure to enjoy. Pieris Japonica was a challenge for my garden because this shrub likes moist but "fluffy" acidic soil and our soil is very compacted clay. Soil preparation was the key. I mixed our natural soil with 1 part course (clean) sand and 1 part peat moss to 1 part clay soil, digging a hole that was 2 times the width of the root ball to give the shrub plenty of room to root without struggling. Feed with an acidic fertilizer right after blooming. For best bloom next season, cut "spent" blooms as they fade and before they develop into fruits. Flower buds for the next spring form on previous season's growth, so do not prune this plant in the fall / winter or you will not see many flowers the ... read more