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Pieris japonica

A native of Japan, andromeda (Pieris japonica) is a handsome broadleaf evergreen shrub that makes an ideal foundation or specimen plant. It’s a slow-growing shrub that can reach 10 feet tall if left unpruned. In the early spring, andromeda develops arching clusters of white flowers that resemble lily-of-the-valley blooms (there are also pink-flowering forms, as well as types that have reddish or pinkish new growth). The plants’ deer-resistant leaves are glossy green all year long.

A relative of rhododendrons, azaleas, blueberries, and mountain laurel, andromeda does best in a sheltered location that has rich, slightly acidic soil in partial sun. Avoid planting it in an open, exposed windy location.


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more varieties for Andromeda

'Bert Chandler' andromeda
'Bert Chandler' andromeda

Pieris japonica 'Bert Chandler' is a slightly hardier selection that offers white flowers in early spring and pink new growth. It grows 5 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9

'Christmas Cheer' andromeda
'Christmas Cheer' andromeda

Pieris japonica 'Christmas Cheer' bears pink flowers that fade to white in early spring. It grows 10 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

'Debutante' andromeda
'Debutante' andromeda

Pieris japonica 'Debutante' shows off white flowers in early spring and is very compact, growing only 3 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

'Forest Flame' andromeda
'Forest Flame' andromeda

Pieris japonica 'Forest Flame' features new growth that emerges a bold red in early spring. It produces clusters of white flowers in March and April and grows 12 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9


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