Pieris is known for its glossy
evergreen foliage and pendulous arches of 'lily of the valley type'
flowers in early spring. Blossoms can range from white to purple and
pink, and bear a mild fragrance.
Pieris prefers growing conditions similar to
those of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Plant your Japanese Andromeda in a rich, organic, moist
soil with an acidic pH that is also well drained.
Growing locations with partial shade and
protection from winter winds is preferred, but Pieris will tolerate
full sun. Pruning needs are usually minimal, but should be
accomplished within a few weeks after spring flowering. The most common
pest problem is Lace Bug.
Worthy of note
Japanese Andromeda is deer resistant, and one
of the earliest blooming spring shrubs in Pennsylvania.