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Pieris 'Mountain Fire'

Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire'

Also known as

Japanese Pieris 'Mountain Fire', Andromeda 'Mountain Fire', Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub 'Mountain Fire'

Pieris japonica 9 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Pieris 'Mountain Fire' Overview

Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire' is a medium-sized evergreen bushy shrub whose young leaves appear bright red, turning to glossy coppery-green before maturing to dark green. In mid-spring, bell-shaped, cream flowers appear. Preferring acidic (ericaceous) soil, Pieris 'Mountain Fire' will happily grow in containers if your soil is alkaline. This beautiful foliage shrub prefers a sheltered spot with morning shade. All parts of the plant are mildly toxic, so you may want to wear gloves and wash your hands when handling. Lightly prune after flowering - feeding and mulching will promote healthy new growth for the following years flowers. If possible, water container-grown plants with collected rainwater. This cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and pollen. An excellent choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Pieris 'Mountain Fire'

Can suffer from Phytophthora root diseases.

How to propagate Pieris 'Mountain Fire'

Seed

Layering

By layering.

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in late spring and early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer and early autumn.

Special features of Pieris 'Mountain Fire'

Hedge plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Pieris 'Mountain Fire'

Ornamental, hedging, border