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Pieris japonica Debutante


Dwarf form with larger pure white flowers

A compact evergreen variety awash with creamy white flowers tinged with a hint of yellow in spring. The foliage emerges red-burgundy and matures to dark green.


Grows well in part sun or dappled shade but can also grow in full sun.


Pieris like acidic soil so plant in a container with ericaceous compost or in well drained acidic soil.

Pieris like the same conditions as Rhododendrons and Azaleas so can be planted in the same border. Awarded the RHS AGM.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 25 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes