Whether you call it Japanese andromeda or lily of the valley shrub, Interstella® pieris will have you seeing stars when it bursts into bloom with thousands of lantern-like ruby-colored blooms in early spring. The long-lasting display is followed by the emergence of dramatic red new growth, and handsome evergreen foliage secures year-round presence and beauty. Thrives in the same conditions as rhododendrons.
Light: Will grow in any light condition, but grows the most vigorously and flowers abundantly in full to part sun spots.
Soil: Absolutely needs to be grown in acidic soil that is both moist and well-draining.
Water: Slightly above average water needs.
Fertilizing: Doesn’t typically need fertilizer, but some can be applied in the springtime if you start to notice the flower show diminishing.
Pruning: Regular pruning is not recommended, as it can give the plant an awkward habit. If it’s necessary, you can prune it a bit in late spring to help manage the overall shape.
Other: If you have happy rhododendrons, you can grow this plant, too. They enjoy the same conditions.
Pieris japonica 'FARROWJRF' PP#31,866
5, 6, 7, 8
Full Sun, Part Sun
|Season of Interest
Borders, Foundations, Naturalizing, Specimen
Deer resistant, Evergreen, Foliage interest, Winter Interest