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University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
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Japanese Pieris
Pieris japonica
Japanese Pieris flower
Size:

Small
Size: medium
Medium

Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun not required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage


Leaf spots, lace bugs, spider mites are possible problems.
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 7 
Mature Height: 9-12 Feet
Mature Width: 6-8 Feet
Features: Drooping clusters of small, white, fragrant, bell-like flowers in spring; shiny, evergreen leaves with new leaves emerging reddish or bronze then turning dark green; in winter, dormant flower buds have a reddish color.
Culture: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soils best; prefers slightly acid soil.
Cultivars:

Numerous cultivars including:

  • 'Compacta' - 6 feet tall, flowers profusely
  • 'Mountain Fire' - New leaves emerge red.
  • 'Scarlett O'Hara' - Narrow form with new leaves emerging red.
Mature Form: Upright oval
Native To: Japan
Soil Conditions:
Dry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Alkaline Soil
Dry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Wind
Uses:
Barrier
Use for: Border.Border
Foundation
Hedge
Use for: Massing.Massing
Naturalizing
Screen
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Green
 
Additional Notes: Exposure to wind and winter sun can lead to leaf scorch.

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