Lily-of-the-valley bush Pieris japonica Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Lily-of-the-valley bush (Pieris japonica) pee-AIR-iss jah-PON-ih-kah 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 Foliage Color Evergreen Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Screening, Specimen Plant/Focal Point Style Formal Garden, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant Type Shrubs Pieris japonicaView the discussion thread.