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Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'

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 (177654)

Plant details

Valley Valentine' is a particularly beautiful variety of pieris which holds the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence. As an evergreen, it looks good all year round but it is at its best in spring when it produces large panicles of dusky red flowers. Provide protection from sharp spring frosts. It prefers to be grown in acid soil. In gardens where the soil is not acidic, it is best grown in a large container, using ericaceous compost.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Pieris

Species: japonica

Cultivar: Valley Valentine

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red

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

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