Pieris japonica--Japanese Andromeda

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Pieris japonica--Japanese Andromeda

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Japanese andromeda is a broad-leaved evergreen shrub that requires a moist, acid soil. The plant should be moved balled and burlapped and is slow to recover after transplanting. The best exposure is partial shade. It will tolerate considerable shade but flowering is reduced. Andromeda grows 4 to 5 feet tall and spreads 6 to 8 feet. The main ornamental feature is the white flowers in terminal racemes. Flowers are sometimes injured by frosts. The new leaves are bronze colored and can be ornamental. Remove the flower heads before seed forms. The plant has a limited tolerance to pruning and grows slowly.

Cultivars include: 'compacta'--compact, leaves smaller than the species; 'crispa'--leaves with wavy margins; 'Dorothy Wycoff'--compact, dark red flower buds, flowers red to dark pink; 'Pinkbud'--buds and flowers pink but fading; 'pygmea'--dwarf; 'variegata'--leaves with white margins; 'Whitecaps'--long flower clusters.

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