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Lily-of-the-valley bush

Pieris japonica

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This neat, rounded shrub has given rise to many noteworthy cultivars. It grows to 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, producing drooping clusters of delicate white blossoms in winter and spring. Use this shrub in a woodland, rock garden, container, or as a foundation plant.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsGlossy leaves; bead-like flower buds; abundant dainty flowers.

CareGrow in acidic, fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Cut back dead or diseased wood in mid-spring.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring or fall. Root greenwood cuttings in early summer, or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in mid- to late summer.

ProblemsDieback, canker, Phytophthora root rot, lacebug, nematodes.

  • Genus : Pieris
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Uses : Containers, Shade
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Winter
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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