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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Pieris japonica var. yakushimanum 'Prelude'
DWARF LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY SHRUB
syn. Andromeda japonica 'Prelude', Pieris taiwanensis 'Prelude'
Pronounced: pee-AIR-iss juh-PON-ih-kuh
Sunset zones: 2b-9, 14-17.
USDA zones: 5-8.
Heat zones: 8-6.
Height: 2-3 feet (.60-.90 m).
Width: 2-3 feet (.60-.90 m).
Pendulous panicles of fragrant, small, pure white, urn-shaped flowers.
Evergreen, 3-inch-long, glossy green leaves with pink new growth that lasts for weeks.
Full sun to light shade.
Acidic, humus rich, moist but well-drained soil.
Side dress with compost in spring.
Take cuttings in summer.
Minimal pruning is needed at most.
Pests and diseases:
Susceptible to leaf spot.
Rainy Side Notes
This sweet little evergreen shrub stands about two feet tall by two feet wide and looks good all year long. New growth is pink and fades to deep green. Flowering later than other pieris, in spring 'Prelude' covers itself in pure white, urn-shaped blossoms, a real standout against the leaves.
My own specimen grows on top of a short rock wall, but it would be at home in a rock garden. It is a beautiful shrub all year round and an excellent choice for a small garden, or as a short evergreen hedge, edging the garden.
As with most shrubs in the Ericaceae family, Pieris japonicas grows best in low ph soil, making this carefree shrub a perfect choice for our native Northwest soils that are typically acidic. It tolerates salt spray, and is a good candidate for planting along the coast as well as other Pieris.
Use caution with small children or pets; this shrub is poisonous.
Photographed in author's garden.