Pieris japonica

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


Pieris japonica

Plant details

Pieris japonica is a compact, rounded, evergreen shrub grown for its early display of spring flowers. It's perfect for growing in a shrub border or woodland area. It bears attractive bronze foliage which matures to dark green, and white blooms resembling lily of the valley.

Grow Pieris japonica in a sheltered, partially shaded spot in moist but well-drained, acidic soil. Mulch annually with well-rotted pine needles.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Pieris

Species: japonica

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: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: June to July

Flowering period: June to July

Reader reviews


Can you tell me how to take a cutting as I have just bought one and would love to take a cutting in June or July but am a complete novice. I have it n a balcony and is it alright to leave it out all winter or could I take it in the house when it gets very cold or is there some way I can protect it if I leave it outside? I would appreciate any advice as I love plants but don't know much about them.


I have several japonica plants in my garden not ever knowing its true name,however it resembles
rubella skimmia,bearing a fruit"quince",so I have always been told.I would like to know if it is safe to cut back the woody stems as not to damage this wonderful fruit bearer at this time of year [october]


This shrub has developed Black sooty coverings on its leaves for the first time since I moved in 7 yars ago... as has a Rhododendron.... which has never really flowered even though I feed it the right stuff... any clues????????????

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