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Little Heath Pieris Japonica - Lily Of The Valley Shrub - Andromeda
Little Heath Pieris, also known as Lily of the Valley Shrub or Andomeda, is a delightful evergreen flowering shrub that offers outstanding four-season interest in the garden. Get all the details below

Little Heath Pieris Japonica - Lily Of The Valley Shrub - Andromeda

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Little Heath  Pieris 
Pieris japonica 'Little Heath'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b   Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Little Heath Pieris, also known as Lily of the Valley Shrub or Andomeda, is a delightful evergreen flowering shrub that offers outstanding four-season interest in the garden. In spring, flaming red to pink new growth emerges at the ends of branches above attractive mounds of variegated white and green dainty little leaves. Before this colorful new growth emerges are racemes of fragrant, bell-shape white flowers. The foliage takes on a delightful rose blush color when cooler temperatures arrive in fall. Makes an attractive sort of bonsai effect as it ages.

Note: We don't have long term experience with this variety so are not sure about mature height and width over the long term. Some sources say 2 feet tall while others say 5 or 6 feet tall. We suggest leaving a space of at least 5 feet in diameter for this one to grow.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Little Heath Pieris is ideal for use as an accent or in groupings in shady to partially shaded landscape and woodland borders and home foundation plantings. It's smaller size lends well to container gardens and it's a fine addition to woodland gardens, Asian-theme gardens, and cottage gardens. 

Suggested Spacing: 2.5' for solid hedges and mass plantings;  6' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Little Heath  Pieris is very easy to grow. Plant in a moist but well drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Add organic compost to heavy clay or poor quality native soils. Pieris prefer growing in a site that provides morning sun with afternoon shade or all-day filtered sun or dappled shade. Avoid direct afternoon sun.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b Find Your Zone
Plant Type: Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity: 2-4' or more?
Width at Maturity: 2-4' or more?
Spacing: 2.5' for solid hedges;  6'+ for space between plants
Flower Color: Ivory
Flower Size: 1/2", in clusters
Flowering Period: Spring
Flower Type: Single, in racemes
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Foliage Color: Green and White, Red to Pink new growth
Fragrant Foliage: No
Berries: No
Berry Color: NA
Sun Needs: Dappled Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun
Water Needs: Average
Soil Type: Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt
Soil Moisture / Drainage: Well Drained Moist
Soil pH: 5.5 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care: Low
Attracts: Visual Attention, Butterflies
Resistances: Deer, Heat, Humidity, Insect



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