Pieris japonica is an evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit. Its dark green leathery leaves are ovate with shallowly serrulate margins, up to 9cm long and 2cm broad. In spring the new leaves appear in whorls at the end of each shoot and are reddish in colour. Its white fragrant flowers are bell shaped, up to 1cm long, arranged in racemes or panicles which are up yo 15cm long. Its fruit is a loculicidal capsules.
Pieris japonica, commonly known as Japanes Pieris, is native to east China, Taiwan and Japan. In its native habitat it grows in thickets on mountain slopes.
The landscape architect may find Pieris japonica useful as a medium sized shrub for planting in acidic soils, particularly in dappled shade. This shrub is not attrative to deer. If the soil is insufficiently acidic its leaves may become chlorotic.
Ecologically, Pieris japonica is attractive to bees and pollinating insects. (info source: Landscape Architect's page)
Genus - Pieris
Species - Japonica
Common name - Japanese pieris
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 12' / 3.70 m
Spread - 10' / 3 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Broadleaf evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Acidic
Soil type - Loam, Well Drained
Water requirements - Average Water, moist
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening, Bonsai, attractive to bees and pollinating insects.
Germination rate - 86%
Bloom season - Early Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Dark Green / White
|Germination||Surface sow. Cover lightly.|
Keep soil moist. Light is required for germination. Soil temperature - 65-70F (+18-+20C)
Germinates in 30-70 days.