Pieris japonica ‘Sarabande’
Pieris japonica 'Sarabade' is one of the best dwarf forms of this useful shrub. This small, compact evergreen has year-round interest. Pale green winter flower buds contrast well with its dark green foliage. In mid-March it is almost completely covered in bell-shaped, creamy white blooms, providing a source of nectar for early-season pollinators, such as mason bees. Dwarf lily-of-the-valley shrub makes a beautiful low informal hedge, and it can be used to hide the leggy stems of taller shrubs. It is well adapted to container culture and can grow for several years in a container. This Pieris cultivar stood out at an extensive trial at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: variegated, bronze burgundy
Great Color Partners: dark green, white, chartreuse
Culture NotesJapanese andromeda is easy to grow in rich well-drained or sandy soil. This selection will also tolerate clay soil if the drainage is adequate. It prefers a site with full sun to light or open shade for the best flowering and growth. Occasional watering during dry weather will keep it looking its best and if planted in sandy soil regular watering may be necessary. Faded flowers can be snapped off or lightly sheared off. This should be done as soon as the flowers have faded. Avoid locations in hot spots.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8
Flower Color: cream
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade
Water Requirements: occasional watering