Japanese Pieris (Japonica)

The Japanese Pieris (Japonica) has dark green foliage and inconspicuous white flowers, with conspicuous brown fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the mid spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the spring and continuing until summer. Leaves are retained year to year. The Japanese Pieris (Japonica) has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a slow growth rate. At maturity, the typical Japanese Pieris (Japonica) will reach up to 12 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 8 feet.

The Japanese Pieris (Japonica) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, cuttings. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 2°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Period Spring, Summer
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Cultivated, or not in the U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Mid Spring
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Multiple Stem
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Tolerant
Height When Mature 12
Vegetative Spread Slow
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Spring Summer
Seed Spread Rate None
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Cuttings
Moisture Requirements Medium
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 2
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 4.2–5.5 pH
Precipitation Range 35–35 inches/yr
Planting Density 1500–2400 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 12
Minimum Frost-Free Days 200 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance None
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention Yes
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant Yes

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA