Published On: Fri, Nov 28th, 2014

Checking Up on the Japanese Pieris

Checking up on the Japanese Pieris plants.

Japanese Pieris

Japanese Pieris
Pieris is a genus of seven species of shrubs in the family Ericaceae, native to mountain regions of eastern and southern Asia, eastern North America and Cuba. Known commonly as andromedas or fetterbushes, they are broad-leaved evergreen shrubs growing to 3 to 19 feet tall and 3 to 10 feet wide. The leaves are spirally arranged, often appearing to be in whorls at the end of each shoot with bare stretches of shoot below; they are lanceolate-ovate, 2–10 cm long and 1.0 to 3.5 cm broad, leathery textured, and with an entire or serrated margin. The young leaves in spring are typically brightly colored. The flowers are bell-shaped, 0.2 to 0.6 inches long, white or pink, and arranged in racemes 2.0 to 4.7 inches long. The fruit is a woody capsule which splits into five sections to release the numerous small seeds.

Pieris species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including The Engrailed.

The genus name derives from Pieria, a place in Greece, according to Greek mythology the home of the Muses.

Japanese Pieris

Japanese Pieris

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