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Pieris japonica Katsura


Compact form with wine red initial foliage

A dome shaped shrub with long, glossy dark green leaves developing from bright red buds. The foliage is complimented by arching racemes of rose coloured bell shaped flowers in spring.


Performs best in full sunshine but will also grow well in part shade.


Ideal in a container with ericaceous compost or in a border with well drained acid soil.

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

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, 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, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September