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Mountain Pieris Pieris floribunda

Phonetic Spelling
pee-AIR-iss flor-ih-BUN-dah
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

A fragrant evergreen shrub that grows in a compact form.  It boasts dark green foliage year-round.  It forms attractive flower buds in the fall.  This plant dislikes high temperature and humidity and is very cold hardy.  Protection from full sun in winter and sweeping winds is vital to the overall health of this shrub.  When exposed, winter burn can occur.  

May be difficult to transplant and establish, but once established, a very resilient specimen. Propagation can be done by seed, cuttings are difficult.  Rooting may be a better option.

It is resistant to lace bugs. Stem rot disease may occur in locations where drainage is not sufficient. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#hardy#poisonous#fragrant flowers#specimen#shrub#showy#bumblebees#native garden#fragrant fruits#cold hardy#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#birds
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#evergreen#hardy#poisonous#fragrant flowers#specimen#shrub#showy#bumblebees#native garden#fragrant fruits#cold hardy#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#birds
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pieris
    Species:
    floribunda
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, North and South Carolina
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees and bumblebees. Serves as a food source for birds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Lace bugs
    Edibility:
    Non edible
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Oval
    Spreading
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Small brown capsules display from August to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Terminal, erect clusters, inverted urn-shaped, the short 5 lobes spreading. Flower buds bloom from May to June.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Ciliate margins
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Bark Description:
    Breaks into vertical strips, rarely visible due to foliage
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Ingestion may cause tingling sensation, salivation, nose and eyes watering, nausea, vomiting, sweating, abdominal pain, headache, weakness, convulsions.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Andromedotoxin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves