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Pieris floribunda (Mountain Andromeda)

Mountain Fetterbush, Mountain Andromeda, Fetterbush, Fetter Bush


Pieris floribunda (Mountain Andromeda) is a dense, bushy, evergreen shrub that provides desirable winter interest, abundant spring blooms and a delightful foliage which holds its color across the seasons. Conspicuous flower buds form in the fall and are held erect through the winter, turning progressively greenish-white. In the spring, they open to urn-shaped, creamy white flowers. Borne in upright pyramidal clusters, they attract bees and bumblebees. The blossoms contrast nicely with the foliage of oval, glossy, deep green, leathery leaves. Cold-hardy, Mountain Andromeda resents high temperature and humidity. Native to the eastern United States, it is an excellent specimen shrub or accent in well-drained acidic soils.

  • Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun, but needs some protection in winter to avoid winter burn. Shelter from strong winds.
  • Great as a specimen plant, flowering hedge, for shrub borders and foundation plantings.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Stem rot disease may occur in poorly-drained soils.
  • Propagate by seed, cuttings (difficult) or rooting.
  • Ingestion may cause tingling sensation, salivation, nose and eyes watering, nausea, vomiting, sweating, abdominal pain, headache, weakness, convulsions.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses, toxic to humans.
  • Native to the eastern United States, primarily the southern Appalachian Mountains in the States of Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Pieris
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Vermont, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Pieris
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Vermont, Southeast, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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