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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.
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
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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