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Pieris japonica Interstella® (Japanese Andromeda)

Japanese Andromeda Interstella®, Japanese Pieris Interstella®, Fetterbush Interstella®, Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub Interstella®, Pieris japonica 'FARROWPJRF

Pieris japonica Interstella, Japanese Andromeda Interstella, Japanese Pieris Interstella, evergreen shrub
Pieris japonica Interstella, Japanese Andromeda Interstella, Japanese Pieris Interstella, evergreen shrub
Pieris japonica Interstella, Japanese Andromeda Interstella, Japanese Pieris Interstella, evergreen shrub

Pieris japonica Interstella® (Japanese Andromeda) is a striking variety of Japanese Pieris, known for its ornamental flowers and lush foliage.

Pieris japonica Interstella®: An In-depth Look

Interstella® stands out with its abundant clusters of bell-shaped, deep red to burgundy flowers, a unique color variation for Pieris japonica. It boasts a dense, evergreen foliage that provides year-round interest.

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 compact, rounded growth habit, making it suitable for a variety of garden settings.

Size: Interstella® typically reaches about 3-4 feet in height and width (90-120 cm) making it a medium-sized shrub suitable for a variety of landscape settings.

Flowers: The most striking feature is its large, deep red to burgundy flowers, which are unusually vibrant for Pieris. These flowers are visually striking and add a significant ornamental value. After the blooming period, it may produce small, inconspicuous seed capsules.

Bloom Time: The blooming season is in early spring, providing a burst of color when many other plants are still dormant. The flowers persist for a very long time – two months or more.

Foliage: The foliage of Pieris japonica Interstella® is notable for its rich, evergreen quality, which provides year-round interest in the garden. The leaves are lance-shaped, glossy, and dark green, forming a dense, lush backdrop that beautifully highlights the plant’s striking deep red to burgundy flowers.

New growth on the Interstella® can sometimes emerge with a subtle reddish tint, adding an additional layer of visual interest in the spring. As the leaves mature, they settle into a deep green, maintaining their glossy appearance throughout the seasons.

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

Uses: Ideal for mixed borders, foundation plantings, and as an accent in woodland gardens. Its striking flowers and evergreen nature make it a versatile and visually appealing choice.

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, Interstella® provides ecological benefits by attracting pollinators and is a relatively low-maintenance shrub suitable for various garden designs.

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, Late)
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Pieris japonica ‘Purity’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Valley Rose’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’ (Japanese Andromeda)
Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ (Japanese Andromeda)

Recommended Companion Plants

Azalea and Rhododendron
Hosta (Plantain Lily)
Athyrium (Lady Fern)

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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, Late)
Winter
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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