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Pieris japonica 'Valley Fire'

Japanese Pieris or Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub
Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Exposure: Part Sun
Height: Maximum 7 feet
Width: Maximum 5 feet
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Flaming red new growth crowns this upright evergreen shrub in early spring. Pieris 'Valley Fire' is a selection from the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, near Aurora, Oregon. This remarkable plant shows excellent disease resistance and hardiness along with one of the brightest shrubs for new growth. Short strings of pearly white flowers open just before the flush of red leaves and herald the beginning of spring. Its slow-to-moderate growth and refined habit make it an excellent choice for the urban landscape. Pieris flowers are a favorite and important food source for our native pollinator, the mason bee. Play off the delicate, evergreen foliage of lily-of-the-valley shrub with coarser plants, such as rhododendrons, or other bolder, variegated plants. Ferns, hostas and epimediums also thrive in the company of this beautiful shrub. This Pieris cultivar stood out at an extensive trial at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon.

Japanese andromeda is easy to grow in rich well-drained or sandy soil. This selection will also tolerate clay soil if the drainage is adequate. It prefers a site with full sun to light or open shade for the best flowering and growth. Occasional watering during dry weather will keep it looking its best and if planted in sandy soil regular watering may be necessary. Faded flowers can be snapped off or lightly sheared off. This should be done as soon as the flowers have faded. Avoid locations in hot spots.

(Source: Great Plant Picks)

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4 Nurseries Carry This Plant:

Listing Key

Name City/State Email Phone Prod Type Availability
Case Nursery Aurora, OR Email now 503-678-1567 Bare Root: 2 Liner: 2
Countryside Nursery Aurora, OR Email now 503-678-0511 Container: X
Hazel Green Nursery Inc. Salem, OR Email now 503-559-4250 Container: X
Reardon Nursery Inc. Boring, OR Email now 503-663-1200 Container: 3