Craibiodendron yunnanense W.W.Sm.

Pieris-like, Craibiodendron




Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Craibiodendron

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 10' tall +

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


White, bell-shaped flowers in panicles in late winter to early spring. Foliage shows reddish new growth in spring, maturing to glossy dark green. Very similar to Pieris japonica but seems to take the heat of the soulth better.


Native to China.

Published in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 5: 159 in 1912.

My Experience: 

There's very little literature about this plant. I purchased it from Nurseries Caroliniana in October 2009 because I really like Pieris but knew I could not grow it here. I planted it behind the garage with morning sun and afternoon shade. It bloomed the first year in March. Then it started to look very 'ratty'. I finally moved it to the side of the garage and it died in winter 2011. I purchased a replacement in October 2012.

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