Lily-of-the-valley bush

Pieris japonica

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Lily-of-the-valley bush (Pieris japonica)
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Genus:  Pieris
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 Characteristics:  Glossy leaves; bead-like flower buds; abundant dainty flowers.
Care:  Grow in acidic, fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Cut back dead or diseased wood in mid-spring.
Propagation:  Sow 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.
Problems:  Dieback, canker, Phytophthora root rot, lacebug, nematodes.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Interesting Bark,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Hedge,
Naturalizing,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Formal Garden,
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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