How to Plant Pieris Japonica


Pieris japonica is an evergreen shrub with glossy, deep green foliage and fragrant white flowers. After the blooms fade small fruits appear on long strings, reminiscent of a strand of beads. This shrub tends to grow slowly, but will eventually reach heights of 6 to 8 feet with a similar width. Pieris japonica does best when planted in light to moderate shade and well-drained soil. It doesn't require a lot of care or special attention and is hardy in US Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice the diameter and the same depth as the root ball of the Pieris japonica plant. Add a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic compost.

Step 2

Place the root ball into the planting hole and return the loosened soil, making sure that all of the roots are covered well. Tamp down firmly to remove any pockets of air.

Step 3

Water until the soil feels very moist, but isn't soggy. Add a 3- to 4-inch layer of pine needles to help hold moisture and prevent weed growth.

Step 4

Add moisture whenever the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pieris japonica foliage is poisonous to livestock and is believed to be harmful to humans as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel Organic compost Pine needles


  • University of Connecticut: Pieris Japonica
  • Floridata: Pieris Japonica
  • Back Yard Gardener: Pieris Japonica
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