Pieris japonica (Thunb.) D.Don ex D.Don

Japanese Andromeda, Lily-of-the-valley Bush, Japanese Pieris

Leaves and buds

Leaves and buds

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Pieris

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 4 to 7

Size: 9 to 12' tall and 6 to 10' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Glossy green foliage and white, bell-shaped flowers in drooping panicles in late winter to early spring. Dense habit. Requires well-drained soil. Blooms on previous season's growth. Cut off spent flowers to discourage fruiting which may reduce blooms next year.



Native to Japan, China and Taiwan. Cultivated since 1870.

Published in Gen. Hist. 3: 832 in 1834.

Basionym: Andromeda japonica Thunb.

RHS First Class Certificate in 1882.

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