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Pieris japonica Ralto


Bright red flowers and white edged deep green leaves

This new variety combines the dual attractions of variegated leaves with lightly fragrant red-pink flowers. New foliage emerges light green flushed with orange, maturing to dark green with a yellow margin.


Thrives in a sheltered position in sun or part shade.


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

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

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 40 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 15 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type 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