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Pieris 'Forest Flame'

Lily of the valley bush

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Colourful new growth, Flowers


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (197111)

Plant details

Best in acid or neutral soils, pieris are essential spring border shrubs. Elsewhere, they will grow exceptionally well in containers of lime-free, ericaceous, compost. They are mountain forest plants, originally from the Far East, and appreciate a little shade to prevent scorching to the new shoots, and some shelter from late spring frosts, which cause similar damage. 'Forest Flame' is one of the most colourful varieties, with brilliant red, new growth, later pink and then cream, appearing at the same time as the sprays of lily of the valley flowers. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Pieris

Cultivar: Forest Flame

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 200cm

Reader reviews


Fantastic shrub that comes to life in early spring, must have plant in any shrub garden.


I want to buy one for my balcony and I don't have much room but think it would be lovely. The information was very helpful but what can I do to shelter it from cold winds? I am a novice but want to protect it in winter so any help would be appreciated!!!Thank you.


how do i take a cutting off a forest flame


Stunning shrub in early Spring when garden may have little colour and when deep pink/red tips begin to show March/April and hung with bunches of beautiful lily of the valley type bells/flowers is a real joy to see. By the time bluebells and tulips come up red/pink tips almost reach salmon pink then turn cream to green by the time your bright summer flowers are blooming. I have one in full sun which is also blasted by winds and comes up a treat every year. The second I have in shade and does equally well.



foliage developed black covering tried to wash it off with warm water but no joy. Anyone out there know of any disease that attacks these shrubs. It is an established bush and I don't want to chop it down.

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