Pieris japonica Debutante
This first class Pieris has a distinctive and compact habit of growth attaining just 90cm x 90cm making this a good choice for restricted spaces or even as ground cover in a larger bed. The flower buds develop by Autumn and remain conspicuous through the winter months before finally opening from March until May into densely crowded panicles of pure white pitcher shaped flowers. At the same time a handsome flush of burgundy coloured new foliage emerges contrasting against the flowers before maturing to dark green later in the season.
This ‘must have’ shrub is indespensible on account of its immaculate and tidy habit throughout the year bringing form and structure, they also make excellent and long lived container specimens when planted in ericaceous compost.
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Pieris Debutante prefers the same conditions as Azaleas and Rhododendrons – well drained humus rich acidic soil that retains some moisture during the summer. For best results plant away from exposed north or eastern aspects where the soft young growth may be damaged by strong winds or late frosts.
Pieris will thrive in sun or partial shade. Pruning is not normally necessary although the spent flowerheads may be removed after they have faded to maintain a tidy appearance.