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Pieris varieties

Posted by anenemity 6, Southern Ohio (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 29, 11 at 20:00

I would like to plant a pieris japonica shrub at the northeast corner of my house, but I'm having trouble deciding what variety. There are 4 varieties that I can get locally: Mountain Fire, Pink Flamingo, Flaming Silver, and Red Head. I'd like something that will be about 6 feet tall, but every website I visit gives conflicting information regarding mature height. Does anyone have any of these varieties that can speak from personal experience? Or perhaps there is a particular website that you trust as being more reliable?

FYI, my soil is moist but well-drained, slightly acidic. My house has a brick foundation and so should not cause any issues with concrete leaching. There is, however, a nearby concrete sidewalk, though it has been in place for at least 30 years. This spot gets morning sun - about 8 am until about one - and afternoon shade.


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RE: Pieris varieties

  • Posted by raee zone 5-6 OH (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 9, 11 at 22:38

I'm sorry no one has been able to answer you. I've no experience--I have planted pieris, but it always has died.

If you haven't tried the OSU extension site, do. I think they would be the most reliable for how it will do in Ohio. Dave's Garden is another, with gardeners reporting their own experiences with a plant.


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RE: Pieris varieties

Go with Mountain Fire. I've had it in my foundation for 20+ years and keep it pruned to 6-7'. The new foliage is beautiful red and it flowers nicely too. It makes a very nice foundation planting.


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