Pieris Interstella® Description
Interstella lily-of-the-valley shrub (Pieris japonica) brings out-of-this-world beauty to your landscape or garden! Also known as Japanese Andromeda, this is a sophisticated, shade-tolerant flowering evergreen that is one of the very first - and longest! - shrubs to bloom each spring. And what a show it is: elegant chains of delicate bell-shaped florets of a deep, rich pink instead of the usual white. After several weeks of flowering, star-like bursts of bright red new growth festoon the branches.
Interstella pieris is also highly shade tolerant and deer resistant, making it a true problem-solver in the landscape. Similar to rhododendrons and azaleas, it requires an acidic soil and benefits from a good layer of shredded bark mulch. Though a touch slow-growing, this beautiful shrub packs so much showiness into its compact size, it's more than worth the wait.
Special features: deer resistant, long blooming, early blooming, evergreen, Proven Winners, shade tolerant.
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- Botanical name:
Pieris japonica 'FARROWPJRF'
- Common name:
Lily of the Valley Shrub
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- Height x width:
3-4 ' x 3-4'
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Accent, Background, Border, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Foundation, hedge, Massing, Ornamental, Woodland
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- Patent #:PPAF
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Soil: Pieris requires acidic soil. Soils that are cool, moist, and rich in organic matter are highly beneficial.
Light: Full sun to part shade; tolerates shade but flowers best with some sun.
Water: Average soil moisture is sufficient; avoid wet or very dry conditions.
Spacing: 3- 4 feet apart, or as needed
Fertilizing: A granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs, like a rose fertilizer, is recommended.
Winterizing: In zones 5 and 6, pieris is best planted in an area protected from harsh winter winds. A good 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch is recommended.
Maintenance & Pruning: Major pruning on pieris is not recommended, as it does not recover well from such treatment. Can be lightly shaped in late spring if desired.
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