Pieris Japonica – Pieris Flaming Silver, Pieris Forest Flame & Pieris Japonica Katsura

Pieris Katsura carries the RHS Perfect for Pollinators badge.
Pieris Katsura carries the RHS Perfect for Pollinators badge.

Pieris japonica is one of seven varieties of the genus ‘Pieris’, famed as much for its striking, colour-changing foliage as for its flowers. Pieris Japonica, of which there are over 100 known cultivars, is native to Japan and thrives in acidic (ericaceous) soil and usually prefers sunlight or partial shade.

If you don’t have acidic soil, you can grow Pieris Japonica in pots using ericaceous compost. Or you can plant them in the ground making sure you fill a hole around the plant with ericaceous compost and feed regularly with a feed for acid loving plants.

Pieris Japonica Flaming Silver
Evergreen Pieris Flaming Silver produces fragrant white flowers in early spring followed by new foliage which is a bright, vibrant red before maturing into a pink colour. As the leaves mature, they turn a lush dark green. Pieris Flaming Silver grows to an eventual height of circa 1 meter, making it an ideal shrub for urban gardens.

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Pieris Flaming Silver produces fragrant white flowers & new foliage which is a bright, vibrant red
Pieris Flaming Silver produces fragrant white flowers & new foliage which is a bright, vibrant red

Pieris Japonica Katsura
Pieris Japonica Katsura (Japanese Pieris) has sizeable glossy leaves with striking maroon coloured new growth which turns green as the leaves age. In Spring, Pieris Katsura has clusters of pink flowers that drape elegantly over the foliage. Slow growing, evergreen Pieris Katsura is perfect for pots and containers as well as urban gardens. Place is a sunny or partial shade position.

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pieris japonica katsura
In Spring, Pieris Katsura has clusters of pink flowers that drape elegantly over the foliage

Pieris Japonica Forest Flame
Evergreen Pieris Forest Flame is a larger cultivar with spectacular foliage. As the name would suggest, new leave growth is a fiery red. It then changes to pink, cream and eventually green as the season progresses. Each Spring, Pieris Forest Flame produces a mass of small white flowers.
A slow growing shrub, Pieris Forest Flame reaches a full height of circa 2 metres.

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Pieris Forest Flame has spectacular fiery red foliage
Pieris Forest Flame has spectacular fiery red foliage