|Good as container plants and companion plants with Rhododendrons (both prefer moist, acid, organic soil), these evergreen shrubs have deep green leaves and urn-shaped flowers. New spring foliage is often red or bronze. Scores of cultivars are available, including dwarf forms, selections with variegated leaves and others with white, pink or reddish flowers. They are easiest to grow in the coastal valleys of the Northwest United States. Protect from hot afternoon sun in warmer climates and strong winter winds in northern zones. Deadhead old flowers to promote next year's buds. Lace Bugs are a problem in eastern states, especially for Japanese Pieris.
A dwarf variety Japanese Pieris with smaller leaves and white flowers makes a dense border or informal hedge. Also known as Lily-of-the-Valley shrub.
Attributes - Pieris japonica 'Compacta'
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Early Spring through Late Spring
Flower Color: White
Height: 5 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Wet Soil. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Black Spot, Scales, Spider Mites, Thrips.