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Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’ (Japanese Andromeda)

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Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’ is a visually striking evergreen shrub that is cherished for its unique foliage and floral display.

Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’: An In-depth Look

‘Flaming Silver’ is known for its vibrant red new growth, which transitions to variegated leaves with a silver-white margin and green center. The contrast between the new and mature foliage creates a stunning visual effect.

Native: This cultivar is derived from Pieris japonica, native to eastern China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Plant Type and Habit: It is an evergreen shrub with a bushy, spreading habit. This variety is noted for its compact growth and variegated foliage.

Size: ‘Flaming Silver’ typically reaches about 3-5 feet in height and width (90-150 cm) making it a medium-sized shrub suitable for a variety of landscape settings.

Flowers: The shrub produces clusters of delicate, bell-shaped, white flowers that are quite fragrant and add ornamental value in the spring. After flowering, it may produce small seed capsules, though these are not a prominent feature.

Bloom Time: The blooming period is in early spring, offering a beautiful floral display that contrasts nicely with the foliage.

Foliage: The leaves are the most striking feature, with new growth emerging in a bright red and maturing to a glossy green with silver-white edges.

Bark: The bark is smooth and adds to the overall aesthetic of the shrub.

Award: Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Uses: Ideal for mixed borders, foundation plantings, and as a specimen in woodland gardens. Its variegated foliage makes it an excellent choice for adding visual interest to the landscape.

Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 5-8, it can withstand a range of temperatures and conditions.

Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Toxicity: Pieris japonica contains compounds that can be toxic if ingested, particularly to humans, dogs, cats, or horses. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling.

Deer and Rabbit: It has some resistance to deer and rabbits, though it’s not completely immune.

Drought: Moderate drought tolerance, but prefers consistent moisture for optimal growth.

Invasiveness: This cultivar is not considered invasive and typically stays within its planting area.

Benefits: Besides its ornamental appeal, ‘Flaming Silver’ provides habitat and food for pollinators and is relatively low maintenance.

Japanese Pieris Growing Tips

Light: Prefers partial shade but can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. Too much sun can scorch the leaves, especially in hotter areas.

Soil: Thrives in acidic, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Amend soil with organic matter to increase acidity if necessary.

Water: Regular watering is essential, especially during dry periods. Pieris japonica prefers consistently moist soil but not waterlogged.

Fertilizer: Use an acid-forming fertilizer before bloom time in late winter or just after flowering in early spring. Avoid over-fertilizing, as it can harm the plant.

Pruning: Minimal pruning is required. The ideal time to prune Pieris japonica is in late winter or early spring, just before new growth begins. Avoid pruning after it has started to leaf out in spring, as this can limit its flowering potential for the next year.

Propagation: Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.

Pests and Diseases: Watch for lace bugs, spider mites, scale insects, nematodes, leaf spot, dieback, and root rot. Maintain good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Pieris
Common names Japanese Andromeda, Japanese Pieris
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica Interstella® (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Katsura’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Carnaval’ (Japanese Andromeda)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 6 - 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Pieris
Common names Japanese Andromeda, Japanese Pieris
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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